Prominent nationalist Kashmiri leader and founder member and chief of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF, Amanullah Khan passed away in Rawalpindi this morning, after prolonged illness, Tahira Touqeer, a JKLF office bearer, announced on social media.
Amanullah Khan breathed his last early this morning at a hospital after fighting a year-long battle against chronic lung disease.
A JKLF spokesman said that the funeral prayers of the deceased would be held at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi tomorrow Wednesday, April 27 at 11 am.
The founder and supreme head of JKLF, Amanullah Khan was one of the chief architects of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Freedom Movement in 1988. As a veteran nationalist leader and a great son of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir,Khan is respectable among all Kashmiri political civil quarter especially nationalists wings .
Khan was born in Astore district of Gilgit Baltistan. His father Juma Khan was an official in revenue department. Khan earlier studied in the high school of Handwara and stood first in the Matriculation, thereafter, he had continued his studies in the SP College and Amar Singh College Srinagar.
He crossed the Jammu – Sialkot working boundary and migrated to Pakistan in 1952. Later, he obtained the degree in Law from the SM College, Karachi in 1962.
Khan was a great leader who devoted his whole life for the freedom of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was also a closed friend of Maqbool Bhat and both of them co-founded the JKNLF & Mr Khan also remained the Secretary General in the JK Plebiscite Front founded by Maqbool Bhat.
Khan wrote two significant books: Free Kashmir and My Autobiography. He also remained political prisoner in Gilgit, England and Belgium for various political allegations.
Although, he was born in Gilgit, but he always made selfless endeavors for the freedom of the entire state and no doubt, he was the great symbol of the unity of the divided parts of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
May his soul rest in eternal peace and harmony.