This may be our last meeting with him, say Yasin Malik’s family

Will go on hunger strike from 1st April, if not given fair trial

Muhammad Yasin Malik
Muhammad Yasin Malik

SRINAGAR — The sister of Yasin Malik, incarcerated chairman of banned separatist organization, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front on Thursday said that after meeting Yasin and watching his condition in jail, it seems that this was our last meeting with him.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, where his mother was also present, Yasin Malik’s sister alleged that her brother, who is being tried in TADA court for the murder of Air Force officers 30 years ago, is not being given a fair trial.

She said that Malik has been deprived of his personal presence in the court, and is instead presented through tele-conferencing, where judge asks questions, but when it comes to his turn to reply, the judge disconnects the line.

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Malik has met his mother and sister two days ago in Tihar Jail, where he has been lodged after his arrest last year.

Malik’s sister added that he has taken a decision to go on hunger strike from 1st April, if he is not given a fair trial. She said, “He (Yasin Malik) is quite resentful against how he is being treated by the court and has decided to withdraw his lawyer and instead fight his case personally.”

“He would have already gone on hunger strike, but jail authorities asked to give them 15 days time,” she added.

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“My brother said that if he is not given a free trial, he will not give up fighting the case filed against him,” she said, adding, “The case has been opened after 30 years to vilify my brother.”

Malik’s sister said that his health condition in the jail has worsened and it seems that the meeting with him two days ago is their last meeting with him. “He is not only treated unfairly by the judiciary, but his health care is also compromised,” said Malik’s sister.

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