JKLF founder Amanullah Khan dead at 82


Posted on:27 Apr 2016 12:39:51

JKLF founder Amanullah Khan dead at 82
27 April 2016 Current Affairs: Amanullah Khan, one of the founders of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front that led a violent campaign for independent Kashmir, including the killing of an Indian diplomat in the UK in the mid-80s and hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane to Lahore, died in Pakistan.

Amanullah Khan : A prominent Kashmiri leader Born in Gilgit on August 24, 1934.He was based in London before being deported to Pakistan in 1986, Amanullah Khan was believed to have been the mastermind in the killing of Ravindra Mhatre, the number two in the Indian Consulate in Birmingham in 1984.Mr Mhatre was abducted and killed in an attempt to secure the release from prison of the group's founder Maqbool Bhat who was hanged to death in 1984 in Tihar jail.In 1971, Maqbool Bhat was accused of masterminding the hijacking of a passenger Airline to Lahore and the hijackers declared affiliation with JKLF under his leadership. After his arrest and release in Pakistan, Maqbool Bhat sneaked into India where he was soon captured.Though Amanullah Khan had set up JKLF in 1977, he was relegated to the background after terrorist groups established their dominance in Kashmir with a bloody campaign that began in the late 80s.Amanullah Khan was born in Astore area of Kashmir's Gilgit region, currently known as Gilgit-Baltistan.Khan is the father-in-law of Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone.

 


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