Court grants bail to Asiya

Srinagar: A local court here on Wednesday granted bail to Dukhtaran-e-Millat President Asiya Andrabi in a case registered against her for addressing a rally organised by the Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) in Pakistan over the phone last month.
“(Asiya Andrabi) is admitted to the bail and you (concerned authorities) are hereby directed to release (her) from custody (sic),” Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Masrat Shaheen ordered, according to Asiya’s counsel advocate Mir Shafaqat Hussain.
The court said Asiya shall not leave the state without its permission and will attend each and every hearing in the case (FIR 87/2015) registered against her in police station Soura under the Unlawful Activities Act.
This is for the second time in less than a week that Asiya has been admitted bail, as on last Thursday, First Additional Session Judge Madan Lal had ordered her release in connection with a case of hoisting Pakistani flags on the latter’s Independence Day, on August 14.
Advocate Shafaqat said that despite serving the latest bail order to the jail authorities, Asiya was not released. “When the bail order was served to them, the jail authorities declined to release Asiya Andrabi and instead they showed her involvement in another FIR (57 of 2009 under section 3/25 Arms Act) registered in police station Nowhatta in 2009,” he said.
Asiya, along with her personal secretary Fahmeeda Sofi, was arrested from her Soura residence on September 18.