Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik on Saturday urged the Pakistan government not to act in haste with regard to the fate of death row Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in view of the demands for his execution following the hanging of Afzal Guru by India for the 2001 Parliament House attack.
Addressing a gathering at the National Press Club — where he was on a 24-hour hunger strike since Saturday evening to protest Afzal Guru’s execution —Mr. Malik said if Pakistan hanged Singh, it would also be a murder as was the case of Guru. Singh has been sentenced to is facing death sentence in Lahore’s Kot Lakpat Jail after being convicted for a bomb explosion that killed over a dozen persons in Punjab over a decade ago.
Saeed meets Malik
The Jamat-ud-Da’wah (JuD) has been demanding his execution and its leader Hafiz Saeed met Mr. Malik in the afternoon during his hunger strike. Though JuD activists had claimed that Saeed would lead the ghayabana namaz-e-janaza (funeral prayers in absentia) for Guru at the protest site, the prayers were led by a Jamat-e-Islami leader.
As for the JuD leader, he met Mr. Malik briefly and left before the funeral prayers. Later, Saeed led the funeral prayers in absentia for Guru in Rawalpindi. Referring to the execution of separatist leader Maqbool Bhat in 1984, he said martyrdom had infused new life in the struggle for Kashmir and Guru’s sacrifice would pave the way for freedom.