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Imran Khan condemns the conviction of Yasin Malik

Comparing the situation in Kashmir to that of Ukraine, he urged the world to end ‘double standards’ and hold India accountable for punishing ‘freedom fighters’ like Malik

File image of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. ANI

Former Pakistani President Imran Khan said in a media interview that Yasin Malik was a “freedom fighter”. He added that Malik can never be called a terrorist.

Denouncing India’s stance on Malik’s case, Khan called on the international community to act.

Comparing the situation in Kashmir to that in Ukraine, he called on the world to end “double standards” and hold India accountable for punishing “freedom fighters” like Malik.

Charges against Yasin Malik

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

According to a report by ANI, the NIA was asked to provide an affidavit on the socio-economic status of convict Yasin Malik after enlisting the help of local authorities. Malik must also file an affidavit disclosing all sources of his income and assets (movables and buildings).

NIA Special Judge Praveen Singh released the issue of sentencing arguments for May 25 on Thursday.

Malik had told the court that he did not contest the charges against him, including Articles 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for a terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit a terrorist act) and 20 (membership of a terrorist gang or organization) of the UAPA and articles 120-B (criminal association) and 124-A (sedition) of the CPI, ANI mentioned.

Recently, the court ordered the filing of charges against several separatist leaders, including Yasin Malik under the UAPA and the IPC. Meanwhile, the court has formally formulated the charges against other Kashmir separatist leaders who are accused in the case.

According to ANIFarooq Ahmed Dar aka 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 formally signed the copy of the court order on Tuesday and said they were ready to stand trial in the case.

The NIA judge, in making the order, said: “Analysis shows that the witness statements and documentary evidence tied nearly all of the defendants to each other and to a common object of secession, to the community of means. that they were to use, in their close association with terrorist/terrorist organizations under the direction and funding of the Pakistani establishment.”

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