LONDON: AJK President Sultan Mahmood arrived in Manchester on Sunday by Turkish Airline to stay in Britain for few days. The PTI workers and supporters warmly welcomed him.
The Senior Presidential Advisor Overseas Choudhary Mohammad Shaban has made arrangements to take workers to Manchester for his reception. He is scheduled to visit Ireland and Brussels as well. The details of his programme have not been announced.
Sultan Mahmood, during the stay in Britain, will address the meetings and will attend the receptions being arranged in his honour in different cities. His prime agenda is to highlight the conviction of Yasin Malik and demand to release him from Indian jail.
Meanwhile, Pakistan origin British Parliamentarians Khalid Mahmood, Tahir Ali, Imran Hussain and Mohammad Yasin have arranged meeting at the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (Part of Parliament House) on 15th June at 5pm to be addressed by Sultan Mahmood.
Barrister Choudhary Karamat Hussain and Choudhary Khadim Hussain have extended help to arrange this meeting and have asked the supporters to reach well in time to attend the event.
Meanwhile, Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry has asked the Pakistan Government to raise the ‘denial of right to fair trial’ to Yasin Malik and his ‘unjust sentencing’ of life imprisonment by an Indian court at International Court of Justice (ICJ) and other relevant forums.
Talking to the media along with Malik’s wife Mushaal Hussein Mullick at Islamabad at her residence, he said there was an urgent need to raise the issue at the ICJ.
“Only 22 days have left within which an appeal against Malik’s conviction and reviewing of the case could be filed in the International Court of Justice,” he said adding “history will not forgive us if we fail to make any tangible efforts in this regard,”
Owing to some limitations, Sultan Mehmood said, the AJK government could file an appeal in the ICJ. “There are certain limitations for us as a state to approach the ICJ as it can only be accessed by a member state, therefore, I urge the Federal Government to file an appeal against Malik’s unjust sentencing in the International Court of Justice immediately.”
He said besides the ICJ, it was high time to raise the issue more vigorously at the United Nations Commission for Human Rights and other relevant bodies, as maintaining silence would cause an irreparable damage to the ongoing freedom movement in Kashmir.
Referring to his upcoming visit to the UK, Ireland and Brussels, Sultan said he would raise the issue of Malik’s unjust sentencing at every forum. He would also seek legal advice from senior barristers in the UK, he added.