The appointment of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Entrance (JKLF) Chief Yasin Malik’s spouse Mushaal Hussein Mullick as a Particular Assistant to interim Pakistani Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar has set off a confrontation in J&Okay.
Whereas the BJP and the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) took potshots at one another over Mushaal’s induction into the Pakistani cupboard, the separatist outfit JKLF rushed to dissociate itself from her, saying she has “nothing to do with the JKLF”.
Final week, Kakar appointed Mushaal as certainly one of 5 particular advisers with minister standing in his cupboard. Mushaal was given the human rights and girls’s empowerment portfolios.
The BJP mentioned Mushaal’s appointment was a sign of “a sabotage plan” in Kashmir. “Pakistan’s newest transfer to nominate Mushaal Hussein Mulllick because the human rights minister, hailed by sure Kashmiri leaders, is a sign of its Kashmir sabotage plan,” mentioned Devender Singh Rana, former BJP J&Okay MLA, including that Delhi wouldn’t simply foil their makes an attempt “but in addition train them a lesson on their soil” if wanted.
PDP president and former J&Okay chief minister Mehbooba Mufti noticed Mushaal’s appointment as a lesson for the BJP, which has “dishonoured and disrespected” leaders who fought for the thought of India in Kashmir. “That is…an inner matter of Pakistan and I believe the BJP authorities ought to study a lesson from the Pakistani authorities,” Mufti mentioned.
“The Pakistani authorities is making an attempt to honour, to reward individuals who it thinks have been pleading their trigger in Jammu and Kashmir…The BJP is dishonouring and disrespecting the exact same folks, like Sheikh (Abdullah), who was on the forefront of the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India, and Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) who fought for the thought of India his whole life.”
Mufti added that whereas Malik was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in a 2016 terror funding case, Mushaal herself just isn’t concerned in terror actions. She additionally drew a parallel with Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a 2008 Malegaon blasts accused, given a ticket by BJP for the Lok Sabha and now a sitting MP.
Mushaal’s induction into the Pakistani cupboard has additionally brought on some uneasy moments for the JKLF, which advocates for a Kashmir impartial of India and Pakistan. The JKLF in Pakistan was fast to distance itself from Mushaal and her determination to hitch the Pakistani authorities.
“Because the spouse of Yasin Malik, we respect her, however she just isn’t a member of the JKLF,” the separatist group’s leaders informed the Pakistani media. “She has nothing to do with the JKLF or Malik’s ideology so she will’t characterize Malik politically in any discussion board.”
A identified painter, Mushaal, 37, hails from a distinguished Pakistani household. Her father M A Hussein Mullick was a famend economist and headed the Economics Division on the College of Bonn in Germany. He was additionally an adviser to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mushaal’s mom Rehana Hussein Mullick held a senior place within the girls’s wing of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) get together. Her sister Sabein Hussein Mullick is a social activist. Her brother Haider Ali Hussein Mullick is a public coverage knowledgeable and a US Navy Reserve Officer, who additionally teaches at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C.
In her biography on X, previously Twitter, Mushaal calls herself an artist, freedom fighter, craft revivalist, peace and human rights advocate and the “proud spouse of a revolutionary – Mohammad Yasin Malik”.
Mushaal, who’s a graduate from the London College of Economics, is believed to have first met Malik throughout his 2005 journey to Pakistan to garner help for his signature marketing campaign for “Kashmiri independence”, organised by veteran Pakistani politician Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.
Impressed by his recitation of a Faiz Ahmad Faiz poem, Mushaal reportedly insisted her mom introduce her to Malik. The 2 exchanged greetings and e-mail addresses. On the day Malik was set to return to Kashmir, he referred to as Mushaal and confessed his love for her.
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Mushaal and Malik had been set to get engaged in 2008. However earlier than Malik may journey to Pakistan, he was arrested for organising a ballot boycott rally. As an alternative, three of Malik’s mates travelled to Pakistan on his behalf to ship the engagement ring. On the day of the engagement, Malik was in custody at a police station in Sumbal, about 20 km from Srinagar.
Their wedding ceremony was delayed twice after Malik was jailed within the Valley. Instantly after he was launched in July 2009, he travelled to Pakistan to solemnise the marriage, which was attended by many high Pakistani political leaders, in Rawalpindi. In September 2009, when Mushaal visited Kashmir, she was obtained by a rousing procession of a whole lot of locals.
The couple have a 12-year-old daughter, Raziya Sultan, who lives together with her mom in Islamabad.