The illegally detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, has threatened to go for an indefinite hunger strike if he is not provided with a fair trial and his physical appearance is not made possible in over three-decades-old baseless cases pending against him in Jammu’s TADA Court.
The JKLF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said Muhammad Yasin Malik during an online hearing of one of these cases in the TADA Court yesterday once again while inquiring from the judge about fair trial of the cases and his physical presence in the court revealed that he has written a letter to the Government of India in this regard and has demanded to ensure his physical attendance so that he can defend himself by cross-examining the witnesses. He said, Yasin Malik told the Judge that he has written in the letter that if his demands are not met then he will start an indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail from 22nd of this month against this unjust behaviour of the Indian government and judiciary.
The JKLF spokesman deplored that at the behest of the Indian government, a special court in Delhi on May 25 this year unfairly sentenced Yasin Malik to life imprisonment in fabricated and concocted cases registered against him. The sentence was termed as political victimization of Yasin Malik and was widely condemned. He said that not only the people of Jammu and Kashmir are still in protest but the human rights organizations and activists around the world have also raised their voices against the court decision which are echoing even today at international fora including in UK and Europe. He thanked all those associations, personalities and parties who are still doing their utmost to get justice for Yasin Malik and are relentlessly working for his early release.
Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating health of the party Chairman in Tihar Jail, the JKLF spokesman said the Indian government will be entirely responsible if anything untoward happened to Yasin Malik.—KMS