The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday urged the court to award death sentence to Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Yasin Malik, while the latter said it would not seek anything and left the decision to the court.
The lawyer who participated in the court proceedings said in the courtroom, “Yasin said that if I have been involved in any terrorist activity or violence in 28 years, if Indian intelligence proves this, then I will also retire from politics.” . I will accept the hanging. I have worked with seven prime ministers.”
On NIA’s demand for capital punishment for the separatist leader, he said, “I will not ask for anything.” The matter is before this court and I leave it to the court to decide.”
The NIA SPP (Special Public Prosecutor) told the court that Yasin Malik was to some extent responsible for the Kashmiri exodus.
“Let’s not go into all this. Stick to the facts. It is a matter of terror funding,” said the court, which handed down the quantum of sentence.
The court had convicted him in this case on the last date. Malik had recently pleaded guilty in the terror funding case.
The lawyer representing the NIA on Wednesday sought maximum punishment against Malik. However, advocate Akhand Pratap Singh (a court-appointed amicus curiae) sought minimum punishment (life imprisonment).
Meanwhile, Yasin Malik said on the point of sentencing, “I have already given me the words in the court and now it is at the discretion of the court”.
Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh said that we will pronounce the verdict at 3.30 pm today.
Earlier, the court had asked the NIA with the help of local authorities to submit an affidavit on the socio-economic status of convict Yasin Malik. Malik has also been directed to file an affidavit disclosing all sources of his income and assets (movable and immovable).
Malik told the court that he was not contesting the charges against him.
Whereas the guilty court had said that in view of the plea of the crime, the accused Mohd. Yasin Malik alias Aslam is hereby stipulated under sections 120B IPC, 121 IPC, 121A IPC, 13 UAPA r/w 120B IPC, 15 UAPA r/w 120B IPC, 17 UAPA, 18 UAPA, 20 UAPA, 38 UAPA and 39 UAPA.
Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam, Mohammad Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Naeem Khan, Mohammad Akbar Khande, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali, Shabbir Ahmed Shah , Abdul Rashid Shaikh and Naval Kishore Kapoor first formally signed the copy of the court order and said that they are ready to face trial in the matter.
Passing the order, the NIA judge said, “The analysis shows that the statements of the witnesses and the documentary evidence have linked almost all the accused with each other and with a common object of separation, of the means used by them.” Linkage to terrorist/terrorist organizations under the guidance and funding of a Pakistani establishment close to them.
On March 16, the NIA Court had ordered framing of charges under various sections against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Masrat Alam and others. UAPA in a matter relating to terrorist and separatist activities plaguing the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
The court also ordered framing of charges against Kashmiri politician and former MLA Rashid Engineer, businessman Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali, Bitta Karate, Aftab Ahmed Shah, Avtar Ahmed Shah, Naeem Khan, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, alias Peer Saifullah and several others. Had given. Sections of IPC and UAPA which include criminal conspiracy, waging war against the country, illegal activities etc.
The court said that, during the course of the arguments, none of the accused had argued that they personally had no separatist ideology or agenda or had worked for secession or separation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union. Not advocated. of India.
Witness after witness have given statements that the APHC, its post-partition faction and the JRL had only one objective and that was the separation of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India. Witnesses have linked the accused Shabir Shah, Yasin Malik, Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate to APHC and JRL. Another witness has added Er. The court said that from Rashid to Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, who is closely associated with APHC and Pakistani establishment/agencies.
However, the court also clarified that what is expressed in the order is prima facie opinion, however, the evidence was to be discussed in detail as the arguments were argued in great detail by both the parties.
According to NIA various terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) etc. Pakistan’s ISI carried out violence in the valley by attacking civilians and security forces. It was further alleged that the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) was formed in the year 1993 to give a political front to the separatist activities.
The NIA chargesheet states that the central government has received credible information that the separatist and separatist leader including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the Amir of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and members of Hurriyat Conference was working closely with active terrorists of banned terrorist organizations like HM. are. Lashkar etc. to raise, receive and collect money domestically and abroad through various illegal channels including hawala.
The NIA also submitted before the court that this has been done to finance separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and as such, they have created a plan to create disturbance in the Valley by systematically burning down schools by pelting stones at security forces. Has entered into a larger conspiracy, to damage public property and to wage war against India.
On this information, the Ministry of Home Affairs directed the NIA to register a case. Accordingly, the present case was registered by the NIA under sections 120B, 121, 121A of the IPC and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of the UAPA.
The NIA further said that during the investigation it was also revealed that the APHC and other separatists instigate the general public, especially the youth, to resort to violence to strike and pelt stones especially at the security forces. This was done to create discontent among the people of Jammu and Kashmir towards the Government of India.
It was also submitted that the investigation revealed that the separatists were raising funds from all possible sources to support the ongoing separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and to create unrest. The separatists were getting money from Pakistan, from terrorist organizations based in Pakistan and from local donations.
Snowfall in Kashmir’s Highest Elevations
On Saturday, snow fell in some upper Himalayan sections of Kashmir, including the 3,880-meter-high sacred cave sanctuary of Amarnath in the Apharwat range.
However, severe rain lashed the plains, including Jammu and Srinagar, the twin capital cities. Snowfall was observed at Apharwat and Amarnath caves in Kashmir, as well as in the higher parts of Ladakh, according to IMD Director Sonam Lotus.
“The weather would be typically gloomy with periodic rain and snow over the upper levels until June 21,” he said.
He predicted that weather conditions would improve after June 21.
The showers in the Kashmir plains provided much-needed relief to locals as the temperature dropped significantly.
The holy Amarnath cave in the south Kashmir Himalayas saw light snowfall during the day, but there was little hindrance in continuing construction along the route ahead of the start of the annual 43-day yatra on June 30.
Snowfall was also reported in the upper ranges of north and south Kashmir, as well as sections of Jammu, including Sarkantha top in Gool and Aram Nakh and Angreez Thum mountain peaks in Ramban district’s Banihal area.
According to a Met department official, Batote in Ramban district received the most rainfall between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m., followed by Gulmarg hill resort in north Kashmir (35.2 mm), base camp Katra in Reasi district (30.8 mm), Jammu city (21.2 mm), and Srinagar (15.5 mm).
He stated that the maximum temperature in Jammu was 31.3 degrees Celsius (7.1 degrees below average for this time of year), while the maximum temperature in Srinagar was 19.3 degrees Celsius (9.1 notches below usual).
The maximum temperature in Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine, was 24.4 degrees Celsius, 10.6 degrees lower than the season’s normal.
During the following two days, the weatherman predicts widespread light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.
Thousands of students are at risk as 300 Jammu and Kashmir schools are scheduled to close.
According to local media, the State Investigative Agency (SIA) discovered these schools were implicated in the civilian uprising in Kashmir in 2010 and 2016.
Huzaif Ahmad, a 14-year-old Class 9th student in Jammu & Kashmir’s Budgam district who aspires to be an engineer, is now facing an unclear future.
He is one of 600 pupils and instructors at a secondary school in Budgam who are concerned that their school will be closed due to its previous association with a trust affiliated to a banned party that has been targeted by the Jammu and Kashmir administration in a current operation.
The school, like many others, was delinked from the Falah-e-Aam Trust, re-registered, and taken over by local community management in 2017. However, according to sources, the secondary school is one of 20 in the Budgam area that may be closed.
Thousands of pupils in Jammu and Kashmir, like Huzaif, are unsure what will happen if the union territory administration’s intention to close down approximately 300 private schools reportedly linked to a trust affiliated with the banned Jama’at e Islami organisation is carried out.
The administration has directed school administrators to close the schools within the next 15 days. The decision was made after the State Investigation Agency (SIA) allegedly discovered these schools were related to the Jama’at-backed foundation.
Huzaif’s school houses 400 kids, the majority of whom come from low-income families from around Jammu and Kashmir. Those who can afford it pay a monthly price of 2,500 for tuition and boarding, according to a management official.
In addition to operating a religious seminary (madrasa), the school follows the Jammu and Kashmir education board’s syllabus as well as the European Cambridge curriculum.
“We are following the curriculum developed and approved by the state board of education. We teach the Cambridge series up to class fifth, which is highly modern and connected to the modern era “Saleem Sidique, a teacher, agreed.
According to the ruling, all schools affiliated with the Jama’at-related trust have had their recognition revoked. The government labelled the Jama’at-e-Islami, a political-religious party, a prohibited organisation in 2019.
All district superintendents have been directed to close these institutions within 15 days and transfer pupils to government-run schools.
According to local media sources, the SIA discovered these schools were involved in the civilian unrest in Kashmir in 2010 and 2016, as well as teaching Jihadi literature.
According to the Falah Aam Trust, only seven schools are directly associated with them, and it denies any involvement in subversive or separatist activity.
“We have no idea why we were prohibited. We solely follow a government-approved curriculum and obey government orders “Showkat Ahmad Var, Director of Falah Aam Trust, stated
He stated that, with the exception of seven institutions, the trust has no administrative or academic influence over any other school.
Sajad Lone, head of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference, has called the move racist and claimed that the government is deliberately targeting Kashmiris.
“Selectively targeting institutions with religious affiliations is both unfair and unjust. The administration must recognise that J&K is a Muslim-majority state. They cannot ban every institution because they are biassed against Muslims “Mr Lone stated.
Shri Amarnath Yatra: Insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for horses, ponies
Increase the registration of laborers and ponies to achieve the target before June 14, directed the officials of labor and animal husbandry departments to Pol of Divisional Commissioner (DivCom) Kashmir, Pandurang in a meeting here.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the Labor Department officials to register 16,000 laborers to achieve the target of 35000 laborers for providing services during the travel period.
Similarly, he also asked the Animal Husbandry Department to register an additional 5000 ponies for providing services for Shri Amarnathji Yatra.
The Divisional Commissioner also directed the Assistant Labor Commissioners and District Animal Husbandry Officers to organize camps for the registration of laborers and ponies in the districts.
Poll directed the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Jammu to register the ponies coming from Marwah Vadwan, Dachchan areas and seven other districts of Jammu division.
He directed to identify fodder shops for cattle on both the routes leading to Amarnath Cave and also stressed on medical examination of animals before registration.
Meanwhile, Div.com said a full year insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh will be provided for the services of horses and ponies in the Amarnathji Yatra.
He directed the district officers to depute staff to assist the department for smooth execution of activities in Ganderbal and Anantnag.
DivCom stressed on the officials to ensure that the service providers do not overcharge the passengers.
Also asked to set up labor welfare camp at the service station of Amarnath Yatra.
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