Yasin Malik released from prison in J&K

  • Agence France-Presse, PTI, Srinagar
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  • Updated: Nov 22, 2002 18:13 IST

Senior Hurriyat leader and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was released from prison on Monday as part of attempts by the Mufti government to restore peace in the state. He was arrested on March 25.

Malik was released in Jammu and was being flown to Srinagar, JKLF spokesman Mohammad Ashraf said.

Earlier, a private television channel reported that Malik was one of a number of separatist leaders ordered released by newly-elected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Sayeed was sworn into office on November 2 as head of a coalition in the state comprising his regional People's Democratic Party and the Congress party.     

The new Chief Minister had promised that he would pave the way for peace by holding unconditional talks with separatists and with terrorist leaders and scrapping of controversial law POTA.

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