Srinagar: What could prove to be a turning point in the politics of separatists in the Valley, the two factions of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), which parted ways 17 years back, have decided to reunite.

The two factions led by Yasin Malik and Amanullah Khan have reportedly joined hands and have already formed an eight-member committee for preparing the joint strategy of the united JKLF.

Experts are seeing the development as a watershed moment in the state politics. They are of the view that the united JKLF could well emerge as a stronger force and prevail upon Hurriyat Conference.

Sources in the JKLF headquarters at Maisuma said Yasin Malik has held several rounds of meeting with his counterpart Amanullah Khan in Pakistan. Both the leaders have joined hands to make Kashmir a free state. They stressed on the unity among the likeminded organizations.

It is worth mentioning that Malik took the charge of Chief Commander of JKLF after the killing of Ashfaq Mazeed Wani in an encounter with security forces in 1992. Then he was arrested and later got free in 1994.
After the confrontation with Amanullah, Malik declared himself the chairman of the JKLF and decided to renounce the terror activity in Kashmir.

Kashmir experts and senior journalist Bashir Manzar told Dainik Jagran the new development is bound to change the political dynamics in the state.