The Ministry of Home affairs is likely to take strict action against Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik who sparked controversy by sharing a stage with key conspirator of 26/11 attacks and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, at an event organised to mourn Afzal Guru's hanging in Islamabad.
ANI News quoted MHA sources as saying that tough action would be taken against the seperatist leader.
Malik may be stopped from going to Pakistan in future, and that they were all set to revoke his passport. He will also reportedly be interrogated immediately on his return to India.
Malik reportedly fasted in the protest against the execution of the 2001 Parliament attack convict, and urged other leaders to organise similar public protests.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, Malik denied any links with Hafiz Saeed.
"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," asked Malik.
Information and Broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said that Malik's decision was 'unfortunate' and added that the sensitivities with regard to Saeed should be kept in mind by people holding an Indian passport whether they are separatists or nationalists.
Responding to queries as to whether any action will be taken against Malik for sharing dais with the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba while sitting on a hunger strike in Pakistan, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "I will look into the case."
However, the Ministry for External Affairs has said that the decision to revoke Malik's passport was a quasi-judicial one that should stand up to judicial scrutiny. It also said that it hadn't received any directives from the Home Ministry on the issue either.
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Feb 12, 2013 13:31 IST