Yasin Malik in Delhi; Returning Today

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SRINAGAR:  Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik arrived in New Delhi today amid protests by right wing Hindu activists outside the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

However, contrary to speculations he was not arrested on arrival.

”Yasin sahab was not arrested or questioned by any of the security agencies at the airport”, one of Malik’s associates said over phone from Delhi , adding the flight from Lahore  which was scheduled to arrive in the afternoon reached there late in the evening.

Malik will depart for Srinagar on Sunday, he said.

Malik, who arrived by a Pakistan International Airlines(PIA) flight from Islamabad, faced a volley of questions by newsmen for sharing dais with Saeed, wanted by India in connection with 2008 Mumbai attack. The JKLF leader said, “If the Indian State wants to arrest me, that is their wish. If they want to take away my passport or put me in jail, they can go ahead. Jail is my second home.”

He added that he had not invited Saeed at the rally. “What’s crime I have committed? I neither invited him nor was I organising the protest rally. I was an invitee myself,” said Malik. The JKLF leader said the Government was free to act and withdraw his passport, which was due to expire on March 19. 

Malik was on a hunger strike in Islamabad last month to protest against the execution of Afzal Guru, where Hafiz Saeed also joined him on the stage.

Meanwhile, A GROUP OF Shiv Sena activists tried to manhandle Malik when he was talking top reporters. However police present saved him from their clutches.

Tension prevailed in civil lines areas including Maisuma and Badshah Chowk as news of  attack on Malik spread here. Agitated supporters of Malik protested and incidents of stone pelting were also reported a KNS report said.

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