October 1999 News

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Amanullah escorted out of Pok and then set free

6 October 1999
The Asian Age

MUZAFFARABAD: The leader of an attempted march across the border into the Indian Kashmir was released on Wednesday, a day after being arrested, authorities here said.

Mr. Amanullah Khan, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, was escorted out of Pakistan-administered Kashmir by the police and set free, they said.

Hundreds of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front marchers, led by Khan, tried to cross the disputed border into the Indian side in Kashmir on Monday.

His plans were foiled by security forces.

Several people were injured in clashes with the police.

Administration officials said 10 of about 300 Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front members arrested since Monday were also freed and others will be released gradually.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front advocates a united Kashmir independent of Pakistan and India. It attempted the march to attract international attention to the decade-old turmoil in India-held Kashmir.

The party said the march was also aimed to show that the people of Kashmir rejected the division of their homeland.

More than 25,000 people have been killed in the decade-old Muslim separatist campaign in the Indian zone. India blames Pakistan for fomenting the insurgency. Pakistan denies the charge, but calls the drive a legitimate struggle for self determination and pledges moral, diplomatic and political support. The two countries have been resiliently fighting two of their three wars since the year 1947 over the territory.(AFP)


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