The great game to save Yasin Malik has started

The great game to save Yasin Malik has started

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The great game to save Yasin Malik has started

Malik is now facing trials under the Terrorist And Disruptive Activities Act in Jammu for the killing of four Indian Air Force personnel in 1990 and the 1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya, daughter of then home minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. A single bench of the J&K High Court had stayed the trial in 1995, a year after the JKLF announced a ceasefire.

The stay was vacated in April 2019. The charges in the IAF case were framed in March 2020. In Rubaiya’s case, the charges were framed in January 2021, and in 2022 she identified Malik as one of her abductors.

Earlier Malik was charged with terror funding in 2017. He was arrested in April 2019 and sentenced to life imprisonment on May 24, 2022. Malik had refused to contest the charges.

On May 26, the National Investigation Agency moved the Delhi High Court seeking the death penalty for Yasin Malik, the separatist leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, in a terror funding case. Three days later, the court ordered that Malik be produced before it on August 9 for defending himself.

Now, the news of the NIA seeking the death penalty for Malik has evoked sharp reactions in political circles of not only Kashmir but in certain other parts of the world also. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Sajad Lone of the J&K People’s Conference and Altaf Bukhari of the J&K Apni Party called it “deeply disturbing’’. Where were these people when the four IAF officers and men were butchered by this terrorist Malik ?

Mufti even has the audacity to say “ In India where even the assassins of a prime minister were pardoned, the case of a political prisoner like Yasin Malik must be reviewed and reconsidered,” said Mufti. That means she is advocating that in the name of politics, terrorists can get away even after committing heinous crimes.

 Those who threaten national security will not be spared and terrorists will be hunted down like mad dogs.

The Hurriyat Conference is back playing its old game. It called the NIA plea a “deliberate attempt to provoke and intimidate people and add to their concerns and fears”.

Lone warned the government not to “be misled by fair-weather Kashmir experts”. He said: “[Do not] let the short-term, enforced calm blind you to the possible long-term turbulence. People of Kashmir are gasping for political oxygen.

We cannot afford Kashmir being the oxygen for the political landscape in the rest of the country.” He said the NIA plea was reminiscent of how the Congress government hastily hanged the militant leader Afzal Guru.

Malik is the last of the leading separatists who must be made to pay for his crimes. He has supporters on both sides of the Line of Control ie J& K including POK, as well as in Pakistan and the UK, which has a significant immigrant population from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

It may be noted that Malik’s wife, Mushaal Hussein Mullick is an alumna of the London School of Economics, is from Pakistan. They got married in 2009 and their daughter, Razia Sultana, lives with her mother in Pakistan.

Last year, Tariq Ahmad, a foreign minister of state in the UK, told the House of Lords that his government was monitoring Malik’s trial. But, he added that Malik was charged under Indian law and therefore part of an independent judicial process.

So the British deep state wants to indulge in some of their favourite GREAT GAME once again. They should better refrain from it because now even India too can play this GAME and in a much better way with Scotland, Northern Ireland and Chagos Archipelago.

In 2019, the NIA and the newly created State Investigation Unit of the J&K Police launched a major crackdown on terror funding in Kashmir.

They arrested several people and seized their property. Also attached was property belonging to Jamat-e-Islami, Kashmir’s largest socio religious party, accused of having links with the terror group Hizbul Mujahideen.

The government believes that action against terror funding will choke separatists in Kashmir. By seeking the death penalty for Malik, the security agencies want to send a strong message.

A section of analysts believe that Malik’s execution will not help the situation in Kashmir. After Maqbool Bhat was hanged in 1984, hundreds of young men joined his party as militants, including Malik. Sources in security circles say the “surface calm” in Kashmir should not be misunderstood as peace.

“There is a need for a reach-out book, the government, political and humane,’’ said a senior officer, on condition of anonymity. “A hardline approach against jailed separatists will make them heroes in the public eye and this will be exploited by hostile forces.”…….such thought process being aired is just part of the GREAT GAME and nothing else.

Terrorists should know that they will be made to pay for their sins,period,

New terrorist groups like The Resistance Front and the People’s Anti-Fascist Front have emerged on the scene in Kashmir. Security agencies say these are Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad in disguise. They have carried out several attacks; the PAFF took responsibility for attacks on Army and Security Forces in Poonch and Rajouri in the last two years, in which 20 Army and security forces personnel were killed. This is for the first time that terrorist groups have adopted non-Islamic names. Intelligence experts believe this is to give an indigenous colour to terrorism and present it as a reaction to the government’s decision to strip J&K of statehood.

Already, there are signs that the JKLF, which seeks independence from both India and Pakistan and is the only separatist group in J&K that rejects Pakistan’s claim on PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan, could have been reactivated in PoK and is poised to launch a fresh campaign on Kashmir. Action against Malik could hasten such a move and pose fresh security challenges. Well this is not going to save Yasin Malik.

Though others have confessed, Malik pleaded not guilty in both cases and is defending himself in court. In January, he lost the right to cross-examine a witness after refusing to do it through a video call from the Tihar jail. Prosecution lawyer S.K. Bhat told the court that the Tihar jail superintendent had said Malik could not travel to Jammu because an appeal related to his terror funding case sentence was pending before the Delhi High Court.

Malik has said vacating the stay was “against the spirit of the ceasefire”…..imagine a murderer making such pleas. In a letter released from jail through family, he said the JKLF had announced the unilateral ceasefire after assurances of suspension of “militancy related cases” against him and his colleagues. He also alleged he was being denied a free trial. “I am being presented through a video call, where I can neither hear the arguments nor am I allowed to speak,” he wrote.

The loss of the right to cross-examine the witness could lead to his conviction, like in the terror funding case that he refused to contest. Meanwhile, his family is worried about his health—he has cardiological issues and has had his heart valve replaced.

The hardening of the stand against Malik by the BJP government signals the end of the political immunity that Malik and his group enjoyed after renouncing the gun. Successive governments, including Vajpayee’s, had allowed the JKLF leeway in the hope of winning it over. The JKLF, on its part, honoured the pledge of not resorting to violence.

 Malik brought this up during his trial in the terror funding case. “[After renouncing militancy], I have followed the principles of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said. “Since then, I have practised non-violent politics in Kashmir. I have worked with seven prime ministers.”

Lawyer Yogesh Bakshi, who represented Malik until the stay in 1995, said he was struggling because he had refused to seek legal help. But, how can he lose the right to cross-examine a witness if he refuses to do so through a video link? “This is the latest law,” said Bakshi. “He has been given many opportunities to engage a lawyer or get assistance from the court, but he has refused to do so.” Bakshi said someone should move the Supreme Court on his behalf because the revision of TADA cases happens only in the apex court.