Rubaiya, who is Mehbooba Mufti’s sister, appeared before a special CBI court in a case related to her kidnapping in 1989.
Jammu: Daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, Rubaiya Sayeed, has identified Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and three others as her abductors.
Rubaiya, who is Mehbooba Mufti’s sister, appeared before a special CBI court in a case related to her kidnapping in 1989. Back then, Rubaiya was released in exchange for five terrorists.
The CBI has taken over the investigation of the case in early 1990. This is the first time Rubaiya Sayeed was asked to appear before the court in this case. Rubaiya now lives in Tamil Nadu and is a listed prosecution witness of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
An NIA court on May 25 had sentenced Kashmiri separatist Yasin Malik to life imprisonment in a terror funding case. Amicus curiae Akhand Pratap said Malik got all legal assistance before he was convicted in a case. Special Judge Parveen Singh clarified all sentences to run concurrently.
“In fact, just after Yasin Malik was convicted by a special NIA court on May 19, he was made to speak to his family in Srinagar from Tihar jail,” Pratap had said. Malik had said he would not beg for anything even if the court sentences him to death.
The Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) had termed “unfortunate” the life imprisonment awarded to Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik by a Delhi court in a terror funding case and said it is a “setback” to the efforts for peace, according to reports.
The court verdict will only fuel more alienation and separatist feelings, PAGD spokesperson M Y Tarigami had said in a statement. “Life imprisonment given to Yasin Malik is unfortunate and a setback to the efforts for peace. We are afraid that this will further compound the uncertainties in the region and will only fuel more alienation and separatist feelings,” Tarigami had said. He had further said that the NIA court has delivered its verdict “but not justice”. The PAGD also suggested Malik to avail all legal opportunities to contest the verdict.