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Top Kashmiri Separatist Yasin Malik Appears Before TADA Court For Killing IAF Officials

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Muhammad Yasin Malik  – the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, a former notorious militant and a top separatist leader along with and senior party leader Showkat Ahmad Bakshi appeared via video conferencing before the TADA Court in Jammu.

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According to KMS, others who appeared before the court in person included Javaid Ahmed Mir, Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Javaid Ahmed Zargar, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Engineer Ali Muhammad Mir, Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, Muhammad Iqbal Ghandro, Muhammad Zaman Mir and Meraj Ahmed Sheikh.

Yasin Malik has been languishing in Delhi’s Tihar Jail while Showkat Bakshi has been detained in a jail at Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, the Indian Government set in motion a 30-year-old case against Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik which accuses him of killing four Indian Air force officials.

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There are two cases against Yasin Malik. The two cases relate to the killing of four Indian Air Force officers on January 25, 1990, on the outskirts of Srinagar city and the kidnapping of then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s daughter in 1989.

Two chargesheets were filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in August and September 1990 against Malik before the designated TADA court in Jammu. Malik was granted a stay on trial by a single bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 1995 as there was no TADA court in Srinagar.

In 2008, Malik approached the special court saying the trial could be shifted to Srinagar as he was facing a lot of security problems in view of the Amarnath Yatra row — an agitation which had divided people of Kashmir and Jammu on religious lines over the issue of leasing land to outsiders during the annual pilgrimage.

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The first case relates to an incident that occurred on January 25, 1990, at Rawalpora, Srinagar. The Air Force employees were fired upon by terrorists in which 40 of them, including a woman, received serious injuries and four IAF personnel were killed. On completion of the investigation, a charge sheet was filed on August 31, 1990, against Malik and five others before the designated TADA court in Jammu.

The second case relates to the kidnapping of Dr Rubaiya Sayeed who was abducted by some gun-wielding terrorists travelling in the same minibus in which she was going to her house at Nowgam. She was taken to some unknown place, where her captors threatened to kill her in case their demands were not met.

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China Mocks Trump, Pompeo Over Subduing Minnesota & Provoking Hong Kong Protesters

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Chinese media has lambasted Donald Trump’s handling of Minnesota protests over the death of an African American man by comparing the situation with Hong Kong riots.

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“Secretary Pompeo, please stand with the angry people of Minneapolis, just like you did with the people of Hong Kong,” wrote Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of Chinese state-run media – Global Times (GT).

Hu made this comment after violent protests erupted across cities in the US over the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year old African American man.

As reported by EurAsian Times earlier, Trump said that he wouldn’t “stand back and watch this happen to a great American city”, adding that he had spoken to Minnesota governor Tim Waltz and told him “the military is with him all the way”. “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump warned.

“Just three days after unrest broke out in Minnesota, Trump threatened the use of “shooting” and announced that the army can support the governor. I strongly condemn such threats. Please protect the people of Minnesota, just like you sympathize with Hong Kong thugs,” tweeted Xijin.

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Hong Kong has recently seen a series of violent protest against China’s new security law which is to be imposed on the city. US President Trump backed the protestors in Hong Kong by signing The Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would allow sanctions on China if it threatened the semi-autonomous status of Hong Kong.

The new law also prohibits the export of crowd-control munitions to the police in Hong Kong – including tear gas, rubber bullets and stun guns.

In his editorial, Xijin wrote that “more than 100,000 people have died (in the US) from COVID-19, most of them weak, elderly, poor and minorities. The death of George Floyd, from another perspective, reveals the desperate inequality rampant in the US.”.

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Police arrested Floyd outside a convenience store after a report of a counterfeit bill being passed. In a video recorded by a witness, an officer kneels on Floyd’s neck, and he was heard pleading that he couldn’t breathe until he slowly stopped talking and moving.

On Thursday night, demonstrators torched a police station in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Trump blamed “radical left Mayor, Jacob Frey” for a “total lack of leadership” after Frey came out in support of the protestors demanding for a criminal investigation of Floyd’s death while requesting for calm.

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CNN reported that its black reporter was arrested while legally covering the protests in Minneapolis,” the news organisation tweeted. “A white reporter also on the ground was not.”

According to Xijin, US political elites directly applauded Hong Kong’s riots, calling them a “beautiful sight” of democracy. He further added that the “chaos in Hong Kong has lasted for over a year and military forces have not been dispatched. Yet after only three days of chaos in Minnesota, Trump publicly threatened the use of firepower and implied military forces could be utilized”.

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UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the killing of many unarmed African Americans by the Police. “I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many other unarmed African Americans who have died over the years at the hands of the police – as well as people such as Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin who were killed by armed members of the public,” she said.

Xijin concluded by saying that the incident is an example of the US’s double standards.

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Top Terror Commander Syed Salahuddin ‘Not Injured’ In Pakistan Attacks – Pak Journalist

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Reports in Indian media say that Syed Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council, was “seriously injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment”.

Reports said that since Syed Salahuddin was unable to carry out Pakistan’s mission of creating unrest in Jammu and Kashmir off-late, terror outfit chief allegedly faced the fury of his masters when he was attacked by unknown attackers in Islamabad.

India media report claim that Syed Salahuddin was “seriously injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment”, a claim rejected by Pakistani journalist – Hamid Mir.

Media reports also claimed that since Salahuddin was clueless about the Indian government’s move to abrogate Article 370, the ISI had deliberately started revoking its support to the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Syed Salahuddin

74 years old, Syed Salahuddin, who heads Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a pro-Pakistan Kashmiri separatist militant organisation that aims to join Kashmir to Pakistan is not only one of India’s most-wanted list that includes names like Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon but is also a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State.

Born and raised in Budgam district of the Kashmir valley which is known to house the highest amount of Shia Muslims in the UT, Salahuddin had initially joined the Jammu and Kashmir Police Force and had even promoted to the rank of Sub Inspector before being highly influenced by Jamaat-e-Islami, an organisation that has now been banned for 5 years under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

It is reported that while completing his Masters in Political Science from the University of Kashmir, the young Salahuddin got radicalised accepting and endorsing Sharia Law which are religious laws derived from the precepts of Islam.

Taking up Arms

Before taking up the violent means of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Salahuddin first contested in the democratically held assembly elections of 1987 in J&K but had no luck and was rather arrested and kept behind bars for his violent agitations.

Two years later, Salahuddin joined the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and hence began his recognised militancy tenure which continues till day where he serves the head of not just this banned terrorist organisation but also the head of United Jihad Council, which is an organisation reportedly developed by the Pakistan Army for unified command and control over the anti-Indian militant groups that operates in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Army’s continued efforts to size Kashmir had been accepted by Salahuddin in 2012 “We are fighting Pakistan’s war in Kashmir and if it withdraws its support, the war would be fought inside Pakistan,” said Salahuddin in the interview in June 2012.

While Pakistan rejected his comments, Islamabad did not take any action against Salahuddin since the United Nations Security Council hadn’t classified him as a terrorist.

Syed Salahuddin’s Involvement In Militancy

In the name of Radical Jihad, Salahuddin has incited many violent protests and agitations in the valley by his recruits that have been a cause of major turmoil in the valley.

The attack on Pathankot Air Base in 2016 that lasted about 17 hours resulted in the death of five attackers and six security personnel, was undertaken under Salahuddin’s leadership by the UJC.

Under Salahuddin’s leadership, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has seen the commandership of many militants like Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat, Zakir Musa and the latest one to be taken down by the armed forces, Riyaz Naikoo. It was reported that after Naikoo’s encounter, Syed Salahuddin had said that the sacrifice would help them achieve the mission that they had set out to achieve.

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Chinese State Media Blasts Trump For Driving A Wedge Between India & China

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Washington knows that the combined strength of China and India could undermine American interests in Asia and opportunist US has never given up its attempt to drive a wedge between Beijing and New Delhi, writes the Global Times.

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GT took a dig at US President Donald Trump saying that Trump finally knows that China and India, the two largest Asian powers, share borders. This is about a book called A Very Stable Genius that revealed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shocked and concerned when Trump told him India and China did not share a border.

Recently US President Donald Trump offered to mediate between India and China in resolving the border standoff between two nations an offer overlooked by both the nations. India said it is engaged with China at the diplomatic and military levels to end a border standoff and tacitly ruled out any possibility of US mediation.

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As earlier reported by EurAsian Times, India deployed troops along the line of actual control (LAC) after it was reported that China had pitched tents and stationed soldiers near river Galwan, which was also the 1962 flashpoint between two nations.

India had also turned down Trump’s offer to “help” and “mediate” between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, an issue New Delhi stressed can only be discussed bilaterally.

GT writes that India perhaps has been aware of the US’ bad history of mediation in which Washington created troubles rather than solving problems and  turned bilateral disputes into multilateral ones.”

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GT further notes that the US mediation in Japan-South Korea trade disputes and the Israel-Palestine conflicts have further complicated the situations. Deaths and casualties from the two fighting sides keep increasing.

New Delhi said that it was engaging with Beijing to “peacefully resolve” the build-up along the Line of Actual Control by Indian and Chinese armies. “Our troops have taken a very responsible approach towards border management and strictly followed protocols. They scrupulously follow the guidance provided by our leadership.

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Two years back, New Delhi and Beijing stood at crossroads because of the Doklam standoff. The issue was resolved with mutual cooperation between New Delhi and Beijing which led to both the countries withdrawing its troops from the region, says the GT report.

“Indian experts also believe that the special representatives’ talks on the boundary question between India and China constitute an important channel of communication, and should continue in order to mitigate border standoffs and other hot issues.”

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It is adequately clear that neither China nor India have shown any interest in US President Trump’s offer to mediate. Both the neighbouring countries plan to solve the issue bilaterally without involving any foreign powers.

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