Yasin Malik,others Appear In Court

Yasin Malik,others Appear In Court

1 March 2012
Greater Kashmir
Zahid Maqbool

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and other Front leaders appeared before Sessions Court Islamabad (Anantnag) on Thursday. The Court had issued non-bailable warrants against Malik, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Javid Ahmad Mir in a case related to JKLF ‘Signature Campaign’ held in 2003. Talking to Greater Kashmir Malik said, “This case under section 152-A was reopened after almost a decade and non-bailable warrants were issued. I along with my other associates had to appear before the court and seek the bail.” Malik termed the reopening of old cases every now and then as a “new conspiracy” of the government against the JKLF. “We are being intimidated to give up the struggle but we will continue to remain firm on our resolve,” he said. Malik said he along with others was arrested a day after it (Front) started signature campaign in 2003. “All the arrested leaders and activists were soon released after the then leadership in New Delhi and the then state chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed acknowledged the error of arresting them. Then the signature campaign continued for three years and 15 lakh Kashmiris participated in it putting across their message peacefully to the international community. The documents of the signature campaign were sent to the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh, Pakistan leadership and international institutions. These documents were exhibited in New Delhi, Pakistan, America and Britain and these were appreciated by all,” he said. Malik reminded Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, how he had praised the campaign then and wished to be part of it. “Omar Abdullah had issued a statement from Canada hailing our effort. But today in contrast, case of treason has been lodged against me and my associates,” he added. The Wikileaks cable, featuring profiles of several separatist leaders, had detailed the transition of JKLF chief, from a militant to a strong votary of peaceful means of struggle. The cables leaked from the US Embassy in New Delhi had termed Malik’s ‘Signature Campaign’ as an “impressive undertaking which is the only clear evidence by any Kashmiri separatist of grassroots support. After covering 5,000 villages, Malik’s movement had got a stamp of approval from 15 lakh people. Malik had brought to Delhi’s Gandhi Peace Foundation his collection of pictures and signatures of Kashmiris who had put their name to a memorandum that reads: “We want to be included in the process for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.”