A separatist leader and the chief of JKLF Yasin Malik has been sentenced to life imprisonment in terror funding case. Know all about Yasin Malik in this article.
A separatist leader and the chief of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik has been sentenced to life imprisonment in terror funding case. He faced charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Indian Penal Code Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition).
Who is Yasin Malik?
As mentioned earlier, Yasin Malik is a Kashmiri Separatist Leader and the Chief of JKLF. He was in the first group of Kashmiri youth who crossed over to Pakistan in late 1980’s to get armed training. After returning from Pakistan, Malik alongwith Hamid Sheikh, Ashfaq Wani and Javed Mir formed a core group – dubbed the ”HAJY” group – of the JKLF militants with arms and training received in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
He was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of then Union Home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter Rubaya Sayeed in December 1989 and killing of four Air Force officers in Srinagar in January 1990. 56-year old, Yasin Malik has 65 criminal cases.
In August 1990, he was arrested by Security Forces in Srinagar and remained in jail till May 1994. After releasing from the jail, he announced a unilateral ceasefire and adopted “Gandhian Non-violent struggle for Independence.”
In 2003, Malik launched a signature campaign for including Kashmiris in future talks on Kashmir. In May 2007, he launched one more campaign named ‘Safar-i-Azadi.’
In 2006, Yasin Malik even met the then Prime minister Manmohan Singh at his official 7 Race Course Road residence in Delhi. He also appeared on India TV in Rajat Sharma’s show ‘Aap ki Aadalat.’
In 2009, he married to Pakistani artist Mushaal Hussein Mullick and they became parents of a girl named Raziya Sultana in March 2012.
In February 2013, Malik sat with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed at a protest site in Islamabad against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. In 2017, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case of terror funding against him and on April 26, NIA arrested him.