The Case for Yasin Malik

The tragic story of Kashmir is epitomized in the struggles of its beloved son, Yasin Malik, one of the most iconic leaders of Kashmir’s independence struggle. The twists and turns of the political conditions in Kashmir are reflected in the wounds and scars the Indian state has left on Yasin’s body over the past 37 years. Today, India has inflicted the cruelest one so far, sentencing him to a life in prison.

In an Indian prison in New Delhi for more than two years now, battling chronic health problems and fighting the congenitally anti-Kashmiri Indian courts, Yasin is Chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and was one of the three main figures in the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which was formed in response to Modi-led India’s intensification of its war against Kashmiri people.

“If seeking Azadi (freedom) is a crime, then I am ready to accept this crime and its consequences”, says Malik.

Yasin Malik has now spent about 15 years in Indian jails at various times. This last time he was arrested in February 2019, as part of a wider crackdown preceding India’s unilateral revocation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status on August 5, 2019. A 31-year old case was reopened against him.

On the 25th of May 2022, the Indian court passed its sentence of life in prison.

Ahead of this sentencing, India had deployed an additional 15000 of its occupational forces in Kashmir and put many parts of the region under yet another communication blockade, which shows the quantum of sentencing had been pre-decided.

As Kashmiris, we must remain vigilant. It is our duty to inform the world and to put pressure on the Indian government to release Yasin and all other Kashmiri political prisoners. We must not forget those who have given their entire lives to the cause of our freedom.

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