Yasin Malik’s sentence illegal, be released immediately: Chinese scholar

Beijing, May 31 (KMS): Prominent Chinese scholar, Cheng Xizhong, on Tuesday said that sentencing of prominent Kashmiri leader, Yasin Malik, to life by an Indian court is illegal, therefore, he should be released from prison immediately and unconditionally.

Cheng Xizhong, Visiting Professor of Southwest University of Political Science and Law, said Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) has always been under the bloody rule of India. “The Kashmiri people are eager for liberation and freedom. Yasin Malik is a leader of the Kashmiri national self-determination movement. His cause is just and behind him are all the Kashmiri people. Therefore, he is completely innocent,” he said.

Prof Cheng, who is also Senior Fellow of the Charhar Institute, pointed out that the Indian authorities accuse Yasin Malik of terrorism, which is confusing right and wrong.

In fact, Indian authorities have arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned and killed a large number of unarmed Kashmiris, raped Kashmiri women, implemented the policy of isolation in IIOJK, and committed heinous crimes, he said. “These are state terrorism, and therefore, it is not others but the Indian authorities who should be punished. Yasin Malik is sentenced to life imprisonment, which fully illustrates the hypocrisy of India’s so-called democracy,” he added.

Prof Cheng said, in India, there is only democracy for the rulers, not for the people, in particular, not for ethnic minorities including Kashmiris. He called upon the international community, especially the United Nations, and human rights organizations to unanimously condemn Yasin Malik’s life sentence, and take immediate actions to force the Indian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally.

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