Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Yasin Malik pleaded guilty to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday in a terrorism financing case.
The court recently ordered the framing of charges against several separatist leaders, including Yasin Malik under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IPC.
On May 19, the court will hear arguments regarding the amount of punishment under which an owner may receive a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Recently, while issuing the order, the NIA judge said, “The analysis reflects that witness statements and documentary evidence have linked nearly all of the defendants to each other and with the goal of joint separation, and by the means they would have used, close association with terrorist/terrorist organizations under the leadership and financing of the Pakistani establishment.”
On March 16, 2022, the National Intelligence Court ordered the framing of the charges against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafez Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin and Kashmiri separatist leaders including Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam and others under a different ruling. UAPA divisions in a case relating to terrorist and separatist activities that have disturbed the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The court also ordered the framing of the charges against Kashmiri politician and former MLA engineer Rashid, businessman Zohr Ahmad Shah Whatli, Peita Karate, Aftab Ahmad Shah, Avatar Ahmad Shah, Naeem Khan, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, alias Pir Saifullah, and several others under various divisions. . From IPC and UAPA including criminal conspiracy, waging war against the country, illegal activities etc.
National Intelligence Agency Special Judge Pravin Singh said while issuing the order: “The analysis reflects that witness statements and documentary evidence have linked nearly all of the accused to each other and with the aim of joint separation, and by the means they would have used, their close association with terrorist/terrorist organizations under the leadership and financing of the Pakistan establishment.”
Meanwhile, the court formally drafted the charges against other Kashmiri separatist leaders accused in the case. Farooq Ahmad Dar better known as Pita Karate, Shabbir Shah, Paths of Alam, Muhammad Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Naeem Khan, Madd Akbar Khandi, Raja Maharajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Zuhr Ahmad Shah and Tali, Shabbir Ahmad Shah On Tuesday, Abdul Rashid Sheikh and Nival Kishore Kapoor formally signed the copy of the court order and said they are ready to face trial in the case.
The court noted that during the course of the pleadings, none of the defendants argued that they individually did not have a separatist ideology or agenda or that they did not work for secession or advocated the secession of the former JFK nation from the Union of India.
Witnesses deposed after witnesses deposed that APHC and his factions after split and JRL had only one thing to do and that was JK’s separation from the Union of India. Accused witnesses linked Shabir Shah, Yasin Malik, Zahra Ahmad Shah Watali, Naeem Khan and Peta Karate to APHC and JRL. Another witness contacted Er. Rashid noted the emergence of Ahmed Shah and Tali who in turn is closely linked to APHC and the Pakistan institution/agencies, as indicated by the court.
However, the Court also made it clear that whatever was expressed in this matter was a prima facie opinion even though a detailed discussion of the evidence had to take place because the arguments had been put forward by both sides in more detail.
According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), various terrorist organizations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Jaish-e-Mohammed. (JeM) etc., with the support of the ISI, has committed acts of violence in the valley by attacking civilians and security forces. It was further alleged that in 1993, the All-Party Freedoms Conference (APHC) was formed to give a political front to separatist activities.
The newspaper of charges issued by the National Intelligence Agency stated that the Central Government had received credible information that Hafez Muhammad Saeed, the Emir of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and separatist and separatist leaders including members of Hurriyat Conference, were acting in collusion with the active militants of banned terrorist organizations like HM, LeT etc. to collect, receive and collect funds Locally and abroad through various illegal channels including hawala.
The National Intelligence Agency also stated to the court that this was done to fund separatist and terrorist activities in JK and as such, they got into a larger plot to cause disturbance in the valley by throwing stones at security forces, and systematically burning schools. and damage to public property and a war on India.
Based on this information, the Ministry of the Interior directed the National Intelligence Agency to register a case. Accordingly, this case has been registered by the National Intelligence Agency for crimes u/s 120B, 121 and 121A of the IPC and Sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Act.
The agency added that during the investigation, it was revealed that the Freedom and Encirclement Committee and other separatists are inciting the general public, especially the youth, to strike and resort to violence, especially throwing stones at the security forces. This was done to stir up discontent among the JK people towards the Government of India.
The National Intelligence Agency also stated that the investigation revealed that the separatists were mobilizing funds from all possible sources to fuel the unrest and support the separatist and terrorist activities taking place in Jammu and Kashmir. The separatists were getting money from Pakistan, money from Pakistan-based terrorist organizations and from local donations.
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