Yasin Malik row: Mehbooba Mufti hits back after Altaf Bukhari’s comment

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A day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sought the death penalty for Yasin Malik, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said his case must be reviewed and reconsidered, reported Press Trust of India.

Mufti said that Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik’s case must be reviewed and reconsidered as in a democracy like India even the assassins of a prime minister were pardoned.

Earlier, the NIA reached the High Court seeking the death penalty for Malik, who was awarded a life term by a trial court in Delhi in a militant funding case last year.

Reacting to the news, Altaf Bukhari, the president of Apni Party,

Bukhari, the president of Apni Party, said deterrent measures should be taken against those trying to threaten the country’s security.

Mufti responded on Twitter, lashing out at her former party colleague, saying those gleefully supporting Malik’s hanging were a grave threat to “our collective rights”.

“In a democracy like India where even the assassins of a PM were pardoned, the case of a political prisoner like Yasin Malik must be reviewed and reconsidered. The new political ikhwan gleefully supporting his hanging are a grave threat to our collective rights,” Mufti said on Twitter.

The plea by the NIA has been listed for hearing on May 29 before a bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh.

“NIA’s plea demanding the death penalty for Yasin Malik highlights the urgency to address militant funding in Jammu and Kashmir. We must ensure justice prevails and deterrent measures should be taken against those who are trying to threaten our nation’s security,” Bukhari had written on Twitter. (Inputs from PTI)

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