Pota Court Issues Warrant Against Yasin Malik
6 June 2003
The Times of India
Jammu: A Pota court has issued an arrest warrant against Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik in connection with the recovery of $100,000 from his alleged aides. Before issuing the warrant, presiding officer of Pota court, P N Razdan, on Thursday rejected the application filed on behalf of Yasin Malik in which he had requested the court to exempt him from personal appearance on health grounds. The other accused in the case Shamima alias Shazia and Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, were present in the court. However, no effective proceedings took place in the court due to the absence of Malik. Malik and others are facing trial in connection with the seizure of $100,000 and Rs 19,000 in Indian currency from Shamima and Mushtaq, who were arrested by Kud police on March 23, 2002. The accused confessed that they had received the amount from Altaf Qadri, an executive member of the Hurriyat Conference in Kathmandu, at the instance of Yasin Malik. However, Shamima and Mushtaq retracted their confession before the chief judicial magistrate, Jammu and stated that they had not made any such statement to the police regarding involvement of Yasin Malik in this matter.