Hashim Qureshi started his political struggle at an early age. He is the founding
member of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and is now the Chairman of Jammu
Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP).
He along with his cousin Ashraf Qureshi hijacked an Indian Airlines plane on 30 January, 1971 (Ganga) en route from Srinagar to Jammu and brought the plane to Lahore, Pakistan. The hijackers wanted to highlight the Kashmir Issue internationally. The plan was masterminded by the founder of JKNLF Shaheed Maqbool Bhat.
Kashmir’s were ruled by foreign rulers, because they happen to live in one of the most beautiful countries on earth and therefore, other people coveted it. Kashmir has been conquered and reconquered by foreign rulers, who have murdered, oppressed and enslaved our ancestors. It is our belief, that if other peoples of a nation had undergone similar traumatic experiences for centuries, the people would have crushed beyond redemption. The Kashmiries, therefore, had to gradually arise from slavery to manhood. The growth had to be naturally slow.