Joint founder of JKLF, Amanullah Khan, dies at 87

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Abid Hussain

Srinagar, April 26: Veteran pro-Independence leader and co-founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) breathed his last on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Rawalpindi city of Pakistan where he was being treated for pneumonia from last many days. He was 87.

Born on August 24, 1931 at Astore in Gilgit, Amanullah Khan’s father hailed from Hyhama village of Kupwara in north Kashmir. His mother hailed from Astore and domestic circumstances compelled Amanullah to be sent to Kashmir Valley where he received his basic education but had to migrate to Pakistan (Karachi) in 1952.

Amanullah Khan, who is the father-in-law of State Cabinet Minister Sajjad Gani Lone, was a staunch supporter of Independent Kashmir and right from 1947 he took active part in resistance struggle. He co-founded JKLF with Muhammad Maqbool Bhat.

JKLF chairman, Yasin Malik, described Amanullah Khan a “pioneer of Jammu Kashmir freedom struggle, herald of independent Jammu Kashmir, glowing example of persistence, great politician, intellectual, diplomat and leader”. He said Amanullah from his youth till the time of his death remained steadfast in resistance movement and despite various hardships never budged or compromised on his principles.

His funeral prayers will be held at Liyaqat Bagh Rawalpindi tomorrow at 11: 00 a.m. and he will be buried at Gilgit (Eidgah). A JKLF spokesman said the funeral prayers in absentia for the deceased leader will also be held at Lal Chowk Srinagar tomorrow on 27th April 2016 at 2:00 pm. (GNS)