Taking a synchronous stand of that of Pakistan, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti has called for the 'immediate release' of JKLF leader Yasin Malik, contrasting the separatist leader's case with that of terror accused, BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya.
Holding a march for the Hurriyat leader, the PDP chief has demanded for the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF to be lifted, that was imposed by Centre in March this year. Furthermore, Mufti accentuated how a 'fit and fine' Pragya has been released but an unwell Malik is facing an arrest.
She said, "Yasin Malik has been arrested, he is very ill. They have released Sadhvi Pragya who is fit and fine but arresting ailing Yasin Malik. They have released Sadhvi Pragya who is fit and fine but arrested ailing Yasin Malik. We are protesting against these muscular policies, they have to stop torturing family of terrorists."
Malik, whose organisation JKLF was banned last month by Narendra Modi-led NDA government, is also facing two CBI cases. These relate to the kidnapping of Rubaiya Saeed, daughter of then Union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, in 1989, and the killing of four IAF personnel in 1990.
Following the NIA securing JKLF chief Yasin Malik's custody for 12 days, on April 10 he was shifted to Delhi's Tihar Jail from Jammu's Kot Balwal jail where he had been lodged last month. Malik will face questioning related to the terror funding case lodged against him by the NIA.
The NIA's probe is seeking to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the pelting of stones at security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments. It had approached a special court in Jammu seeking Malik's remand for custodial interrogation in the terror-funding case.
Pakistan on Monday criticised New Delhi for arresting and confining separatist leader Yasin Malik.
Pakistan strongly condemns the continuing incarceration and deteriorating health of Yasin Malik since February 22 on trumped up charges, Pakistan's foreign office said in a press release.
Meanwhile, BJP countering the 'Hindu terror bogey' fielded the 2008 Malegaon blast terror accused in fray with Congress' Digvijay Singh.
Sadhvi Pragya, who is facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case under UAPA and is currently out on bail, found herself amid deploration by political opponents upon her induction into the party.
(With PTI inputs)