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Amanullah Khan

Sep 09, 2002 06:34 PM IST

Chairman of one of the breakaway factions of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, he is for autonomy in Kashmir.

Chairman of one of the breakaway factions of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Amanullah Khan is for autonomy in Kashmir. Though based in Pakistan, he has contested Pakistan’s claim for Kashmir by advocating sovereignty for the region.

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The other faction is headed by Yasin Malik. JKLF has its origins in JKNLF which came into origin from the Plebiscite Front being headed by Mirza Afzal Beg. It is believed that Abdul Gani Lone’s backing to Yasin Malik prevented Amanullah Khan’s entry into APHC.

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Amanullah Khan’s name is also on the list of 20 that India wants extradited from Pakistan.

Amanullah is one of the founders of JKLF which was formed in 1977 in United Kingdom. In initial years, it functioned from UK and PoK. His group received a staggering setback when 37 of its members were killed in Hazratbal in 1996. Amanullah is based in PoK but his faction has lost much of its strength to the Yasin Malik headed faction.

  

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