Yasin Malik, a Kashmiri separatist leader, was formally convicted on Thursday by a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Delhi in a terrorist financing case. The court will hear arguments on May 25.
On May 11, Malik pleaded guilty in 2017 to all charges under the Strictly Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in a case involving alleged terrorism and separatist activity that disturbed the Valley.
Malik told the court that he was not competing with the charges against him, including Section 16 (terrorist act), 17 (fundraising for terrorist law), 18 (conspiracy of terrorist activity), and 20 (being a member of a terrorist ring). Organization of UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the NIA, various terrorist organizations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul-Mujahideen (HM), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JM), etc. Pakistan’s ISI has carried out violence in the valley, attacking civilians and security forces.
It was further alleged that in 1993, the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) was formed to give a political front to separatist activities.
The NIA chargesheet submitted to the court that the central government had received credible information that separatist and separatist leaders, including Jamaat-ud-Dawa Amir Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and members of the Hurriyat Conference, were working in collusion with active militants. For raising, receiving and collecting funds at home and abroad through various illegal means including hawala of banned terrorist organizations like HM, LET etc.
The NIA further alleged that it was done to finance separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and as a result, they entered a larger conspiracy to disrupt the valley by throwing stones at security forces, systematically burning schools and causing damage. Waging war against government property and India.