World Kashmir Awareness Forum

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The World Kashmir Awareness Forum urges the international community, human rights organizations, and the United Nations to condemn Malik’s life sentence and demand his unconditional immediate release from the prison. The statement said that Yasin Malik, who is the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has spent most of his life in resisting India’s state violence, torture, and multiple jail sentences, noting that he has also traveled around the world in pursuit of a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir conflict, after he renounced armed resistance in 1994. He was arrested in 2019. Noting that for at UN-promised plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir have grown stronger despite increasing atrocities, forced disappearances, imprisonments and demographic changes, especially since 5 Aug. Malik, who has peacefully opposed the Indian occupation of the region, started out as a freedom fighter but put down his arms 30 years ago. Since then, despite being detained several times over protests and other opposition activities, he has never faced significant charges or been accused of orchestrating violence until his 2019 arrest and detention in the dreaded Tihar Jail near New Delhi. But despite his record of non-violence, the JKLF leader was charged with terrorism, terror financing, sedition and several related charges. He, however, chose to plead guilty rather than “beg” Indian authorities. The sentencing, which took place in New Delhi on Wednesday, was followed by a new wave of unrest across the valley. Malik’s arrest on fabricated charges was condemned by all and sundry in Pakistan. PM Shehbaz Sharif referred to his sentencing as a ‘black day’, and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto condemned the ‘sham trial’. Pakistani leaders also noted that such oppression of peaceful Kashmiri opposition to the Indian occupation will only serve to invigorate peaceful activists and freedom fighters alike.

 

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