NIA Court Frames Charges Under UAPA Against Yasin Malik, Others 

New Delhi- A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has framed charges against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and others under various sections of UAPA in connection with a militant funding case.

Charges have also been framed against Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Masarat Alam, former MLA Engineer Rashid, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad alias Bitta Karate  businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali Aftab Ahmad Shah, Avatar Ahmad Shah and Bashir Ahmed Bhat, alias Peer Saifullah and several others for "criminal conspiracy, waging war against the country" and other unlawful activities.

In the order dated March 16, the NIA special judge Praveen Singh said: "The above analysis reflects that the statements of witnesses and documentary evidence have connected almost all the accused with each other and to a common object of secession, to the commonality of means they were to use, their close association to terrorist/terrorist organisations under the guiding hand and funding of Pakistani establishment."

Notably, the court has discharged three namely Kamran Yusuf, Javed Ahmad Bhatt and Syedah Aasiya Firdous Andrabi.

The case related to the various militant outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were perpetrating militancy and secessionist activities that disturbed the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The court had noted that, during arguments, none of the accused has argued that individually they do not have a secessionist ideology or agenda or that they have not worked for secession or advocated for the secession of the erstwhile state of Jammu Kashmir from the Government of India.

Witnesses after witnesses have deposed that APHC, its factions after division and JRL had only one object and that was the secession of Jammu Kashmir from the Government of India.

However, the court clarified that whatever has been expressed in this order is a prima facie opinion although a detailed discussion of the evidence had to be done because the arguments were advanced by both sides in much detail.

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