Pakistan frees left-wing activist after nine years

Pakistan has freed a political activist who was serving a life sentence in the country’s semi-autonomous north, part of the contested Kashmir region also claimed by India, his party told AFP Friday.Baba Jan, a left-wing political and climate activist from the Hunza Valley in northern Gilgit-Baltistan, was convicted by an anti-terrorism court for participating in political riots in 2011 and lost an appeal against his life sentence in 2016.Pakistani media reported his release came after authorities struck a deal with activists, on the heels of recent protests, to free Jan following the local ele…

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