New Delhi, Feb 11: Is Yasin Malik mocking India? There are ways of protest but expressing it with a terrorist is not a matter to be tolerated by India.
Yasin Malik, chairman of one of the factions of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), held a day-long fast in Islamabad to protest against Afzal Guru's hanging. During the fast, he was seen sharing dais with India's most wanted and mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed.
Hafiz is founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the outfit responsible for many terror strikes in India including Nov 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Malik also addressed gathering present at there. Saeed's presence at the place was enough to highlight the approach of the separatist leader, Malik, towards terror attacks conspired by LeT which claimed so many lives in India.
Malik also tried to portray himself as secualr politicians and asked the Pakistan government not to make any "hasty decision" on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in the wake of Afzal Guru's execution.
Addressing a gathering of Kashmiri leaders and activists ahead of funeral prayers in absentia in the Pakistani capital for Afzal, Malik said: "I know that some people are demanding that Sarabjit should be hanged. I urge you to make no such demand. That would amount to the same thing as the murder of Guru."
"I ask the government of Pakistan not to make any hasty decision in this regard," he added. In the wake of the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Mumbai attacker, and Afzal, some Pakistani groups and media commentators have called for the hanging of Sarabjit.
Malik has been playing along with the Indian government in a love-hate relationship after he renounced violence in 90s. Though his faction is for a peaceful method to come to a settlement on the Kashmir conflict and the return of Kashmiri Hindus back to the valley, his latest provocations can hardly be termed as friendly. It is time India firmly told Malik the Lakshmanrekha and arrest him once returns to India.