Who is Amanullah Khan?

Amanullah, 82, founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) succumbed to a chronic lung disease Tuesday.

Published: 26th April 2016 03:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2016 03:18 PM   |  A+A-

Amanullah Khan, 82, the founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) succumbed to a chronic lung disease Tuesday morning.

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Here's a look at his profile

The late JKLF leader, Amanullah Khan was born in Astore district of the Gilgit-Baltistan on August 24, 1934.

Khan finished his schooling in 1950, joined S.P. College and later Amar Singh College in Srinagar.

He migrated to Pakistan in 1952 and joined S.M. College in Karachi, from where he graduated in 1957. He obtained a Law degree in 1962 as a self-supporting student.

In 1963 Amanullah co-founded the Kashmir Independent Committee. In 1965 he was elected as the Secretary General of JK Plebiscite Front (PF). Khan later Co-founded the JK National Liberation Front (NLF) with Maqbool Bhat.

Between 1970 and 1972 Khan spent 15 months in Gilgit prison, after he was accused of being an Indian agent and was tried in Srinagar for being an agent of Pakistan.

Khan went to England where in 1976 and formed JKLF in May 1977 by renaming the England branches of JKNLF. He was arrested in September 1985 acquitted later but was deported to Pakistan in December 1986.

On his return to Pakistan in 1988 he supported the armed freedom struggle in Indian controlled Kashmir.

In 1990 the Indian government had cancelled Khan's US Visa and got Interpol arrest warrants and arrested him in Belgium where he was invited by to attend a seminar on Kashmir in October 1993.

The Indian government's request for Khan's extradition was turned down by the Belgian court and he was released three months later.

Asma is the only daughter of Khan who married Sajjad Ghani Lone, son of Abdul Ghani Lone, the Chairman of JK People's Conference in November, 2000.

Free Kashmir (English) and My Autobiography (Urdu) are the two books written by Amanullah Khan, he has also written a dozne booklets both in Urdu and English about the various aspects of the Kashmir issue and the 'Freedom Movement'.

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