Yasin Malik’s Sentenceadmin
To suppress the Kashmiri freedom movement, India’s ultra-nationalist ruling cabal sentenced Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik, 56, to life in prison under various sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, implicating him in a terror funding case that carries a death or life sentence. Previously, the court has formally charged numerous important Kashmiri leaders.
Malik has been imprisoned in Delhi’s notorious Tihar Jail since August 2019, when the Narendra Modi administration revoked the Special Status of the Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) and resorted to mass arrests. However, recognising that he would not get a fair trial, he refused to dispute the allegations, stating, “If pursuing Azadi (freedom) is a crime, then I am willing to embrace this crime and its consequences.”
His fate may be identical to that of another freedom warrior, Afzal Guru, who was also prosecuted on fabricated accusations. He was hung and buried at Tihar Jail after the Supreme Court of India affirmed his death sentence, ruling that “the collective conscience of society would only be satisfied if the culprit receives the final punishment.” Because Guru was denied due process, the decision has tormented the consciences of many decent people in that nation.
Pakistan has issued a demarche to India’s Charge d’Affaires, expressing grave concern about Malik’s detention and the lack of adequate hospital facilities despite his chronic illnesses.
Islamabad also strongly condemned the framing of fabricated charges against him, urging the international community, including the UN and relevant humanitarian agencies and human rights organisations, to take immediate cognisance of India’s treatment of one of Kashmir’s top leaders, who has been leading a peaceful freedom struggle for several decades.
It is worth noting that the OIC-IPHRC (Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission) has chastised New Delhi for the court decision against Yasin Malik. Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) released a statement on Wednesday to remind the outside world that the Kashmiri leadership, including APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has been detained arbitrarily for over three years.
And that there is a full prohibition on any expression by the people or their leaders, while repression, disempowerment, and marginalisation of the people of IIOJ&K continue unabated. Furthermore, according to the statement, such measures of repression, persecution, and general intimidation will not work.
They will only reinforce the Kashmiri people’s commitment to ending the Indian occupation, just as the July 2016 murder of young resistance commander Burhan Wani in a gun duel with Indian security forces motivated a new generation of young Kashmiris to reject injustice.
Wani took up guns at the age of 15 when he and his brother were beaten up by the police “for no reason.” Since then, numerous individuals have been arbitrarily detained from their homes, humiliated and tormented, and even killed
Many female family members have also experienced sexual harassment. According to one well-known Indian, the effect is a total detachment from the country. As long as the Kashmir problem is not handled following the demands of the Kashmiri people, the ruling BJP-RSS coalition would be unable to restrain their wrath.