'Freedom fighter': Imran Khan condemns Kashmir separatist Yasin Malik's conviction 

Comparing Kashmir's situation to Ukraine, he asked the world to end 'double standards' and hold India accountable for punishing 'freedom fighters' like Malik

FP Staff May 24, 2022 19:30:04 IST
'Freedom fighter': Imran Khan condemns Kashmir separatist Yasin Malik's conviction 

File image of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. ANI

Pakistan's former President Imran Khan said in a media interview that Yasin Malik is a "freedom fighter". He added that Malik can never be called a terrorist.

Denouncing India's stand on Malik's case, Khan called on the international community to take an action.

Comparing Kashmir's situation to Ukraine, he asked the world to end "double standards" and hold India accountable for punishing "freedom fighters" like Malik.

Charges on Yasin Malik

Malik, a separatist leader from Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday was convicted by National Investigation Agency (NIA) court. He had pleaded guilty in the terror funding case on the last date of the hearing.

As per a report by ANI, the NIA has been asked to give an affidavit on the socio-economic status of convict Yasin Malik after taking the help of local authorities. Malik is also directed to file an affidavit disclosing all sources of his income and assets (movable and immovable).

Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh on Thursday posted the matter for arguments on the quantum of sentence for 25 May.

Malik had told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him that including Section 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act) and 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the IPC, ANI said.

Recently, the court had ordered the framing of charges against several separatist leaders including Yasin Malik under UAPA and IPC. Meanwhile, the court formally framed the charges against other Kashmiri separatist leaders who are accused in the case.

As per ANI, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shabbir 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 on Tuesday formally signed the court order copy and said they are ready to face trial in the case.

NIA Judge, while passing the order said, "The analysis reflects that the statements of witnesses and documentary evidence have connected almost all the accused with each other and to a common object of secession, to the commonality of means they were to use, their close association to terrorist/ terrorist organizations under the guiding hand and funding of Pakistani establishment."

With inputs from agencies

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