A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has ordered the filing of charges against Pakistani terrorist and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, Kashmiri separatist leaders Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Masarat Alam, Kashmiri politician and former MLA Rashid Engineer, businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Bitta Karate, Aftab Ahmad Shah,
In a case involving terrorist and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, Naeem Khan, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, alias Peer Saifullah, Naeem Khan, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, alias Peer Saifullah, and others were charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), including criminal conspiracy, waging war against the country, unlawful activities, and others in a case involving terrorist and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
The court said that Pakistan and its agencies contributed money for terror funding, and even the diplomatic mission was employed to carry out the nefarious plan. Money for terror funding was also given by proclaimed International terrorists and accused Hafiz Saeed.
During the course of the arguments, the court noted that none of the defendants has claimed that they do not have a separatist ideology or agenda, or that they have not campaigned for or supported the secession of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian government.
“The above 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 with terrorist/terrorist organisations under the guiding hand and funding of Pakistani establishment,” said NIA special Judge Praveen Singh in an order issued on March 16.
However, the court underlined that whatever is stated in this order is a prima facie opinion, despite the fact that a lengthy examination of the evidence was required because both sides presented their positions in great detail. While noting that none of the defendants has claimed that they do not have a separatist ideology or agenda, or that they have not campaigned for or supported the secession of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir from India,
Witnesses have testified that the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), its factions after partition, and the JRL all had the same goal in mind: the secession of Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian government.
The Ministry of Home Affairs directed the NIA to file a case based on this information. As a result, the NIA has filed a case under sections 120B, 121, 121A of the IPC, as well as sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39, and 40 of the UAPA.
The NIA went on to say that during the inquiry, it was discovered that the APHC and other secessionists incite the general population, particularly the youth, to go on strike and engage in violence, particularly stone pelting against security personnel. This was done to sow discontent among the people of Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian government.
Yasin Malik Backgroud
Yasin Malik was a prominent player in Jammu and Kashmir’s genocide of Kashmiri Hindus. He is a pro-Pakistan separatist politician and the former president of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front. He is accused of aiding and abetting terrorism in Kashmir. He was apprehended in connection with the funding and perpetration of terrorism on Indian soil. He is also suspected of kidnapping Mufti Sayeed’s daughter Rubaiya Saeed, who was the former Chief Minister and afterwards the Home Minister.
Yasin Malik is also charged with the January 1990 assassination of four Air Force officers. Sqn Ldr Ravi Khanna, one of four Indian Air Force soldiers, was assassinated by Yasin Mallik and other JKLF militants.
Despite his terrorist ties and role in the valley’s genocide of Kashmiri Pandits, prior administrations and the media elite have tried to portray Yasin Malik as a ray of light and rescuer for Kashmiris.
Sqn Ldr Ravi Khanna was one of four Indian Air Force personnel slain by JKLF terrorists waiting to board their buses at Sant Nagar Crossing. On January 25, 1990, a shootout commanded by Malik resulted in the injuries of 40 employees, including a female officer.
In the 1990s, Malik was also a key figure in the Kashmiri Hindu genocide. Despite his terrorist ties and involvement in the valley’s murder of Kashmiri Pandits, former administrations and the left-liberal media establishment have attempted to depict Yasin Malik as a peace figure and saviour for Kashmiris.
In 2006, then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Yasin Malik, the Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), to a meeting at his official residence in New Delhi. As part of his vital outreach campaign with Jammu and Kashmir political leaders, separatists, and other organisations, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also attended crucial talks with terrorists.