yasin malik: JKLF’s Yasin Malik gets 2 life terms in terror funding case | India News

NEW DELHI: A special NIA court in Delhi on Wednesday handed concurrent life terms to Kashmiri separatist and JKLF chief Yasin Malik for funding terror in J&K and waging war against the state, rejecting his contention that he had adhered to the Gandhian principle of non-violence and spearheaded “a peaceful struggle” since giving up armed militancy in 1994.

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“The convict may have given up the gun, but he never expressed any regret for the violence he committed prior to the year 1994,” special judge Parveen Singh said. Referring to the prosecution’s case for the death penalty to Malik for his alleged role in the “genocide and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits”, Singh said the issue “is neither before this court, nor has been adjudicated upon and thus the court can not allow itself to be swayed by this argument ”. He also mentioned that the crime for which Malik had been convicted did not fall in the realm of “rarest of rare”, as outlined by the SC, and hence this was not a fit case for the capital punishment.

Malik has no right to invoke Gandhi: Court
Sentencing JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Wednesday, NIA court special judge Parveen Singh said, “When he (Malik) claimed to have given up the path of violence after 1994, the government of India took it at face value and gave him an opportunity to reform , and, in good faith, tried to engage in a meaningful dialogue with him, and, as admitted by him, gave him every platform to express his opinion. ”

Malik betrayed “the good intentions of the government” and “took a different path to orchestrate violence in the guise of political struggle”, the special judge said, mentioning how funds mobilized by the JKLF chairman “were used to create unrest” in the form of “paid terror activities of stone-pelting and arson on a mass scale”.
“Therefore, in my considered opinion, it is high time that it is recognized that terror funding is one of the gravest offenses and has to be punished more severely, ”the judge observed.
The court chose the maximum sentence of life imprisonment for Malik under Section 17 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, noting that “financing is the backbone of any operation, including terrorist activities”. The court handed him a concurrent life term under Section 121 (waging war against the state) of the IPC.
Malik had pleaded guilty to all charges and was convicted last week.
“These crimes were intended to strike at the heart of the idea of ​​India and intended to forcefully get J&K to secede from the Union of India. The crime becomes more serious as it was committed with the assistance of foreign powers and designated terrorists. The seriousness of the crime is further increased by the fact that it was committed behind the smokescreen of an alleged peaceful political movement, ”states the court’s order.
Standing in court on Thursday, Malik said, “I do not want anything in charity… have interacted with seven Prime Ministers – VP Singh, Chandra Shekhar, HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral, PV Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh” .
He wondered why would former PM Vajpayee give him a passport and let him travel and speak all over the world if he was involved in terrorism.
The JKLF chief also contested intelligence the agencies’ claim about his continued involvement in terrorism, saying they could not prove his involvement in any terror-related activity or violence in the last 28 years.
The special judge then reminded Malik that he had already pleaded guilty to the charges drawn up against him by the National Investigation Agency.

Singh said Malik “cannot invoke the Mahatma and claim to be his follower because in Mahatma Gandhi’s principles, there was no place for violence, no matter how high the objective might be”.
He observed that it only took “one small incident of violence at Chauri Chaura for the Mahatma to call off the entire non-cooperation movement, but the convict, despite large-scale violence engulfing the Valley, neither condemned the violence nor withdrew his calendar of protest that led to the said violence ”.
The court formally framed charges against several other Kashmiri separatists, including Farooq Ahmed Dar, alias Bitta Karate, Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam, Md Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Khan, Md Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rashid Sheikh, and Naval Kishore Kapoor. A chargesheet was also filed against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, both of whom were declared “proclaimed offenders” in the case.

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