JKLF dissolved - name of new party to be announced soon
Issued by Dr Shabir Choudhry, former President JKLF
05 May 2008
Senior and founding members of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front decided to dissolve the party because some top party leaders have betrayed the ideology, and has used the party to advance their personal interests and interest of secret agencies.
This crucial meeting was held in Birmingham, England, and was attended by founding members like Dr Shabir Choudhry, Abbas Butt, Zubair Ansari, Nazam Bhatti, Sarwar Hussain, Ahesan Ansari, Masoom Ansari, Nazakat Bhatti, Riasat Bhatti, Asim Mirza and Nawaz Majid.
They said, 'JKLF is split in many groups because of egocentric and selfish attitude of top JKLF leaders; and people of Jammu and Kashmir are confused as to which group is genuine and which is advancing cause of our occupiers'.
Frustration and anger of people is multiplied when they see these leaders talk of unity and yet advance such policies which can only widen the gulf. Furthermore these leaders are enjoying luxurious life style and travel in first class when ordinary people of Jammu and Kashmir are deprived of basic necessities.
They said, 'We tried to correct things while being part of the JKLF but incorrigible and corrupt leaders ensured that we don't succeed in this noble cause'. They said, 'we have failed to forge unity among the JKLF groups, and correct mistakes of these leaders; but we can take pride in the fact that we made sincere efforts and opposed those who wanted to make the party subservient to the secret agencies.'
They further said, 'situation in Jammu and Kashmir and world politics has dramatically changed since the JKLF was formed in 1977 in Birmingham; and we need to have a party to reflect these changes. For this purpose we will form a party which can speak for all people of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides of the LOC and not a party of Kashmiri Muslims.
A committee consisting of Dr Shabir Choudhry, Abbas Butt and Zubair Ansari has been set up to prepare a constitution for the new party. The new party will be launched soon in London and in this regard contacts have been made with like minded people on both sides of the divide.