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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

BJP attacks separatist Yasin Malik for sharing dais with Hafeez Sayed

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 13 February (

Opposition BJP on Tuesday hit out at the government for allowing JKLF leader Yasin Malik to visit Pakistan where he shared dais with LeT chief Hafeez Saeed and Mumbai terror attack mastermind and demanded confiscation of his passport.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh urged the government to seriously take immediate cognizance of the incident and use diplomatic channels with Pakistan to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

"Government of India should seriously take immediate cognizance of this incident. India should use diplomatic channels to talk to Pakistan so that such incidents are not repeated. Precautions should also be taken while granting visa to such persons and their activities should be kept under watch," Singh told reporters.

Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar demanded that the government take immediate action against Malik and his passport be confiscated. "The government needs to come out clean with an action plan. They must arrest, forfeit his passport and take action against Malik and tell the nation. This is a monumental mistake on the part of the home ministry and we will raise at all forums available," said Javadekar.

Terming as "really astonishing" Malik's sharing of the dais with Saeed in Pakistan, Javadekar said the whole country was angry over the incident. "It is an anti-India platform. Why did the government allow Malik to go to Pakistan. They must explain. Now, what action they are going to take against him. Because you can't allow Pakistan's anti-India forum to take over and Indian separatists joining there," he said.

Javadekar said it was "absolutely unacceptable" that India should allow some separatist leader to go to Pakistan and allow them to talk against the country and join the anti-India propaganda on foreign soil.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader, who is currently on a private visit to Pakistan, and Saeed came together to mourn the execution of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru and shared the dais.

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