Yasin negates links with Hafiz Saeed
Srinagar, Feb 12 : Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was seen sharing dais with Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad over the weekend, on Tuesday denied any links with the 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, Malik said: "There were many people assembled at this site. People from the Pakistan civil society were also present. A person was on a hunger strike and many people were present there so where does the question of sharing the stage arise."
Protesting against the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Malik was on a 24-hour hunger strike in Islamabad over the weekend.
Reacting to Guru's execution, Malik earlier said: "This is a murder of the law and the Constitution of India."
Meanwhile, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the episode of Malik sharing dais with Saeed 'is a matter of concern'.
"Hafiz Saeed is a main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case, and he needs to be brought to book. And it is matter of concern if some one shares dais with him," Tewari told media.
"Concerned authorities would apply themselves to look into the matter in a proper manner," he said.
India's main oppsition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed the Centre over the issue.
"Why did the government allow him to go there? BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on Saturday. The execution took place at 8am and he was buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years.
Guru's execution was initially scheduled for Oct 20, 2006. But it was stayed after Guru's wife filed a mercy petition with the President.
In December 2001, nine people were killed when five terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the terrorists were shot dead.
Guru was arrested shortly after the attack and accused of planning it.