For over seven decades, people of Jammu Kashmir have been living a life of endless misery and pain. Since partition of the sub-continent , and emergence of independent India and Pakistan, erstwhile independent and prosperous Kingdom of Jammu Kashmir has become embroiled in turmoil, and a place of misery for its people whose fundamental human rights are violated on daily basis, and tens of thousands of families have lost their loved ones, while children going to school are subjected to checks by soldiers at military check posts. Over the recent years, and in particular the Indian occupied part of Jammu Kashmir, the state has become the most militarised country in the world.
The question that people of Kashmir constantly ask is why do the occupying forces have a free hand to unleash militarised violence and terror on the innocent people of Jammu Kashmir at will? Why don’t the rights of millions of Kashmiris hold any importance for leaders of the major power? And why aren’t the promises made to people of Jammu Kashmir by the international community since 1947 being fulfilled? And why in Jammu Kashmir, people are being denied the exercise of their internationally recognised sovereign, and unfettered right to determine political status of Jammu Kashmir? For the past seven decades, generations of Kashmiris continue to ask these simple yet important questions to which, the response has been even greater erosion of fundamental political and human rights, death and destruction; and indeed an increased deployment of forces, and militarised violence that has accompanied for example, the illegal annexation and dismemberment by the Modi government in India, of Jammu Kashmir on 5th August 2019, through an unconstitutional Presidential Order.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has been leading the peaceful struggle across the state, as well as throughout the world, for the right of self-determination for the people of Jammu Kashmir. We believe in an independent state of Jammu Kashmir which is at peace with itself and its neighbours, and which becomes a bridge of peace for 1.5 billion people of the South Asian sub continent, which is made poignantly all the more important by the the current situation and political crisis in the region. As an organisation representing a large body of opinion in Jammu Kashmir, JKLF appeals to the international community, and in particular, the permanent members of the UN Security Council, to support 20 million Kashmiris across both sides of Jammu Kashmir to determine the status of their country through a democratic referendum. JKLF has a national duty to guide the struggle peacefully and effectively towards the ultimate objective to achieve an Independent status for the people of Jammu Kashmir. I am proud of the fact that, despite being occupied by two large and powerful nuclear powers, JKLF has successfully established an indigenous movement for freedom and reunification of the forcibly divided Jammu Kashmir with popular support. It is my firm belief that our unwavering commitment, and selfless dedication to the cause of freedom and national dignity, we the people of Jammu Kashmir, will breath the deserved air of freedom soon.