National Investigation Agency (NIA) court awarded life imprisonment to the Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik in a case related to terrorism and secessionist activities in the Kashmir Valley in 2016-17. He was convicted in a terror funding case recently.
amidst high security, Malik was produced before Additional Sessions Judge Parveen Singh, where he was awarded a life sentence.
Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan all-rounder, and the captain, once again made headlines by sparking controversy with his latest tweet on the Kashmir issue.
Sharing a photo of him with a backdrop of the Pakistan flag, Afridi tweeted,
“India’s continued attempts to silence critical voices against its blatant human right abuses are futile. Fabricated charges against Yasin Malik will not put a hold to Kashmir’s struggle to freedom. Urging the UN to take notice of unfair & illegal trails against Kashmir leaders.”
India’s continued attempts to silence critical voices against its blatant human right abuses are futile. Fabricated charges against #YasinMalik will not put a hold to #Kashmir‘s struggle to freedom. Urging the #UN to take notice of unfair & illegal trails against Kashmir leaders. pic.twitter.com/EEJV5jyzmN
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 25, 2022
This is not the first time Afridi commented on a Kashmir issue. Back in 2020, he has written, “It does not take a religious belief to feel the agony of Kashmiris…just a right heart at the right place. Save Kashmir.”
It does not take a religious belief to feel the agony of Kashmiris..just a right heart at the right place. #SaveKashmir
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 15, 2020
Indian cricketer Amit Mishra was not amused by Afridi’s tweet and lashed out at the former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi over his controversial tweet about Yasin Malik. Known for his glittering stints with Delhi Capitals (DC) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the India Premier League (IPL), Mishra was quick to hit back at the ex-Pakistani cricketer for stirring controversy by tweeting about India and Kashmir. He asked Afridi to stop misleading people as he did with his birthdate. Mishra tweeted,
“Dear @safridiofficial he himself has pleaded guilty in court on the record. Not everything is misleading like your birthdate”
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) May 25, 2022
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has been requested by Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to urge India to acquit Malik from all charges and ensure his release from prison immediately so that he can reunite with his family. Pakistan’s foreign office released a statement that the letter to Bachelet on May 24.
The Delhi court was all set to pronounce its verdict on Wednesday as Malik had pleaded guilty to all charges, in a terror funding case in early May, including those under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.