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(1999) In Memory of Afzal Jatalvi.

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 11, 2009

Mohammad Afzal Jatalvi, my friend, colleague and compatriot died in Oldham, England on Dec. 2, 1999 at 6PM. Inna lillahe wa inna-ilai-hi-rajuoon.

Afzal Sahib was a patriot and an independentist to the core. A man of exceptional courage, both moral and sentimental. His life was full of accidents, physical, financial and emotional. He lost two of his close friends in a car accident and he himself was seriously injured and remained in hospital for over a year. That accident was followed several years later by another serious one. He was robbed of a large sum of money by a fraudulent person. Despite all these tragedies he always had a typical smile on his face.

Afzal Sahib was one of the founder members of JKLF and its first Publicity Secretary elected in its first convention held in Birmingham in May 1977. From mid 1985 to early 1986 he was the Chairman of the organisation and President of its UK Zone twice and senior Vice Chairman since 1997.

The usual enemies of organisations and freedom movements namely lust for personal gains at the cost of the organisations and the germs of regionalism, racialism and communalism in the hearts and minds of its
leaders and members which destroy and disintegrate these organisations, could not infect Afzal Sahib’s mind or heart and he stood like a rock in defence of the organisation the freedom movement and the ideology
inspite of his physical handicaps and emotional agonies.
In Afzal Sahibs death, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front the freedom movement and the independence ideology have lost a great asset and I one of the most sincere friends, a friend who stood by me through thick and thin and who was a continuous source of encouragement. May he rest in eternal peace. Aameen.

Amanullah Khan, Chairman JKLF.

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