Pakistan denounces the conviction of top Kasmiri separatist by Delhi High Court
Pakistan and Human Rights Researcher
Global Human Rights Defence
On May 19, the Delhi High Court convicted Yasin Malik, the chief of the banned banned the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) (The Hindu, 2022). The Court charged Malik with a case of terror funding in 2017, being a member of a terrorist organisation and involvement in sedition which bring a maximum sentence of capital punishment or life imprisonment (Al Jazeera, 2022). During his trial, Malik rejected the charges and called himself a freedom fighter. He added: “Terrorism-related charges levelled against me are concocted, fabricated and politically motivated” (Al Jazeera, 2022).
As for the JKLF, it was one of the first armed rebel groups founded in Indian-held Kashmir and its goal has been to achieve a free and united Kashmir (Al Jazeera, 2022). Indian authorities also imprisoned Malik and banned the JKLF in 2019 (Al Jazeera, 2022).
Pakistan has officially denounced and opposed the charges made to Malik by the Delhi High Court and has demanded his release and reunion with his family (The Hindu, 2022). Islamabad has dismissed the fabricated allegations made for Malik and has called the Indian government to stop targeting the people voicing the interests of Kashmiris (Siddiqui, 2022).
Further reading and sources
Al Jazeera. (2022, May 19). Yasin Malik: India convicts top Kashmir separatist of ‘terrorism’. Al Jazeera. Retrieved May 20, 2022 from https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/19/yasin-malik-india-convicts-top-kashmir-separatist-of-terrorism
Siddiqui, N. (2022, May 20). Pakistan condemns in 'strongest possible terms' Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik's conviction after 'sham trial'. Dawn. Retrieved May 20, 2022 from https://www.dawn.com/news/1690622/pakistan-condemns-in-strongest-possible-terms-kashmiri-leader-yasin-maliks-conviction-after-sham-trial
The Hindu. (2022, May 20). Pakistan condemns conviction of Yasin Malik. The Hindu. Retrieved May 20, 2022 from anva.com/design/DAEgVlCxa6E/9HnDAeiZiURz9GJKpR6owQ/edit?category=tACZCki4tbY