AJK President writes
letter to UN Chief
seeking role for
release of Yasin Malik

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MIRPUR (AJK): The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry while vehemently condemning the unjust sentencing of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik by Indias Kangaroo court appealed on Friday to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to play his role in the early release of the Kashmiri leader.

AJK President Barrister Sultan Mahmood

In a letter addressed to the UN SCG, the AJK president while highlighting the Indian governments mala fide intentions behind the controversial court ruling said that the incarcerated leader was neither given ample opportunity to defend his case in the court of law nor was he given the right to fair trial that happens to be a fundamental right of a prisoner.

He said that Maliks conviction and sentencing in a manifestly dubious and politically motivated case was a deep-rooted conspiracy to silence the Kashmiri leader who has championed the Kashmirisinalienable rights and sought a settlement of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue and diplomacy. Malik, he said, has been a strong proponent of Kashmiris right to self-determination.

Malik is being punished because of his political beliefs, the letter said, adding that the unjust sentencing of Yasin Malik was tantamount to pushing Kashmiris new generation to violence. Maliks life sentence, he said, was a reflection of Indias belligerent mindset and antagonistic approach to crush Kashmiris legitimate political demands.

The letter further highlighted the Indian governments designs to change the demographic complexion of the disputed territory. India has issued fake domiciles to non-state Hindus in Occupied Kashmir to change the proportion of population in the area of Occupied Kashmir, the letter said, adding that India wanted to bring a Chief Minister of its choice in the region.He said that it was incumbent upon the UN to stop human rights violations in Kashmir that happens to be an internationally recognized disputed territory.

The president said that the UN should also play its role in granting Kashmiris their right to self-determination promised to them by the leadership India and Pakistan.

The AJK President also wrote to the UN Commission on Human Rights, the President of the European Union, the President of the European Parliament, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and other European Parliaments urging them to play their role in release of Yasin Malik and other leaders who have been languishing in different jails in and outside Kashmir for past several years.

Demonstration in Islamabad

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a protest demonstration in front of Faisal Masjid in Islamabad on Friday against the sentencing of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Mohammad Yasin Malik to life imprisonment by an Indian court.

ISLAMABAD: Former AJK Prime Minister Farooq Haider, Mashaal Mullick, Ch. M. Yasin and others demonstrating for release of Yasin Malik in Islamabad.

The protesters were holding banners and placards with slogans against India and in favour of freedom and Yasin Malik. They were also chanting high-pitched slogans against the Indian atrocities in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

ISLAMABAD: Former AJK Prime Minister Farooq Haider, Mashaal Mullick, Ch. M. Yasin and others demonstrating for release of Yasin Malik in Islamabad.

The Hurriyat leaders, addressing on the occasion paid rich tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs and reiterated the pledge to continue freedom movement till it reached its logical conclusion. They also strongly condemned day to day cordon and search operations in the occupied territory in which innocent Kashmiris, particularly youth, are being killed by Indian forcez personnel.

ISLAMABAD: Former AJK Prime Minister Farooq Haider, Mashaal Mullick, Ch. M. Yasin and others demonstrating for release of Yasin Malik in Islamabad.

They maintained that India could not break the will of Kashmiris by extra-judicial killings, convicting Hurriyat leaders and booking them under draconian laws. They said that India was attempting to suppress the Kashmiris struggle for securing their right to self-determination but would never succeed in its sinister designs. India is also trying to turn the Muslim majority of J&K into a minority as it is settling non-Kashmiri people in the territory, they deplored.