NIA seeks death penalty for Yasin Malik, court to pass judgment at 3:30 pm today
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New Delhi: National Investigation Agency of India on Wednesday sought the death penalty for Yasin Malik, a Hurriyat leader from Jammu and Kashmir.
However, the NIA court reserved the order and will pass judgment on sentencing today itself at 3:30 pm He was convicted by the NIA Court on May 19.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s former President Imran Khan said in a media interview that Mohammad Yasin Malik is a “freedom fighter”. He added that Malik can never be called a ‘terrorist’.
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif condemned Malik’s conviction and termed charges leveled by the Indian court against the Hurriyat leader “fictitious and fabricated”.
The Senate of Pakistan also passed a resolution urging the international community to force India to drop all “fabricated charges” against all political leaders of Kashmir including Malik, and ensure their safety and well-being.
In a tweet, Sharif said, “Pakistan rejected India’s failed tactics against Yasin Malik, who was a symbol of unparalleled bravery and freedom”. He urged the international community, including the United Nations and the Human Rights Council, to take note of India’s extrajudicial measures.
The Pakistan PM said the government of Pakistan would highlight India’s actions against Malik and other Kashmiri leaders at all international forums, including human rights bodies and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.