ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian Charge d’Affaires (Cd’A) to the Foreign Office and conveyed Pakistan’s strongest condemnation and rejection of what it called the malafide conviction and sentencing of Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik in a “grossly suspicious and contrived” case.
The case was registered under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Indian Penal Code (IPC), dating back to 2017, by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement.
The Indian Cd’A was conveyed that the Government of 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 (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
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.
It was conveyed that the abhorrent Indian attempts seeking to defile the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination as “terrorism” only substantiated India’s deeply etched credentials as a ‘serial violator’ of human rights and usurper of the fundamental freedoms of the Kashmiris.
The Cd’A was told that the Government of Pakistan remained deeply concerned over the inhuman conditions under which Yasin Malik has been detained in Tihar Jail since 2019.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday strongly condemned the conviction of prominent Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yasin Malik by the Indian court in a fictitious terrorism case. He said Pakistan rejected the Indian failed tactics against Yasin Malik who was a symbol of unparalleled bravery and freedom.
He urged the international community including the United Nations and the Human Rights Council to take note of Indias extra-judicial measures. He said the government of Pakistan would highlight Indias actions against Yasin Malik and other Kashmiri leadership at all international forums including the human rights bodies and the forum of Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
PM Sharif said similar to the illegal measures of August 5, 2019, the case against Yasin Malik was also unlawful and pointed out that India was following a deliberate plan to overthrow the real leadership representing the Kashmiris.He said the Indian government, which was afraid of the body of Syed Ali Geelani also feared Yasin Malik, a great symbol of Kashmir.
He mentioned that thousands of Kashmiri martyrs, including Ashraf Sehrai and his son were the milestones of the Kashmirs plebiscite.
He paid tribute to the brave Kashmiris for their unparalleled struggle and immense sacrifices and called upon the international community to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the aspirations of Kashmiris.
Mushaal Mullick, wife of Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik on Monday said that Yasin Malik imprisoned in an Indian jail should be given immediate access to a lawyer and the Kashmir movement is for our future generations.
It is pertinent to mention that Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik is likely to be given the harshest sentence in a false and baseless case in addition the entire nation is protesting against the expected verdict of the Indian court while Mushaal Mullick has also appealed to save Yasin Malik s life.
Talking to a joint presser conference with Mushaal Mullick here, Senator Saleem Mandviwala said that a resolution would be brought in Parliament in favour of Yasin Malik. Why the case of Yasin Malik cant go to the International Court of Justice, he said.
Mushaal Mullick and Senator Saleem Mandviwala also said that no matter how much India oppresses the spirit of Kashmiris cannot be suppressed.
Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar on Wednesday said Pakistan strongly condemned life sentence awarded to Yasin Malik on fabricated charges.
The ISPR DG in a tweet, said such oppressive tactics could not dampen the spirit of people of Kashmir in their just struggle against illegal Indian occupation.
He wrote, “We stand with them in quest for self-determination as per UNSCRs (United Nations Security Council Resolutions)”.