By Abid Chaudhry
Pakistan has condemned and rejected the malafide conviction and sentencing of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik on farcical charges.
The Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned the Indian Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad and conveyed Pakistan’s strongest condemnation and rejection of the malafide conviction and sentencing of Yasin Malik in a grossly suspicious and contrived case registered under the draconian laws, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Indian Penal Code.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Foreign Office said the Indian Charge d’Affaires was conveyed Pakistan’s strong indignation over the highly reprehensible sentencing of Yasin Malik after his conviction on fabricated charges, denial of fair trial and inhuman incarceration despite his deteriorating health, in complete defiance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
It was highlighted that by implicating him in a concocted case and carrying out a bogus and one-sided trial, India has again misused the judiciary in the outrageous execution of political vendetta against the Kashmiri leadership.
The Foreign Office said the abhorrent Indian attempts to defile the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination as “terrorism” only substantiate India’s deeply etched credentials as a ‘serial violator’ of human rights and usurper of the fundamental freedoms of the Kashmiris.
The Indian Charge d’Affaires was told that Pakistan remains deeply concerned over the inhuman conditions under which Yasin Malik has been detained in Tihar Jail since 2019.
Recalling the martyrdom of Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai, last year in brutal Indian custody after his victimization and arrest under the draconian Public Safety Act, the Foreign Office conveyed Pakistan’s grave apprehensions regarding Yasin Malik’s well-being especially given the ruthless treatment meted out to him in the Indian jail despite his chronic ailments which has resulted in a sharp decline of his health.
The official was further asked to advise Indian government to acquit Yasin Malik from all baseless charges, ensure his well-being and arrange for his immediate release from the prison.
Moreover, the Foreign Office demanded of the Indian government to release all Kashmiri leaders incarcerated on trumped-up charges, halt forthwith the gross and systematic persecution of Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It also called for ceasing the use of state-terrorism as a policy tool, and let the people of IIOJK determine their own future through a free and impartial plebiscite as per the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The foreign Office also called on international community to take immediate stock of the aggravating situation in the IIOJK and press India to fulfill its obligations under the international law.