Pakistan demands end to Kashmir leaders’ incarceration

Islamabad: Pakistan Thursday has demanded of India to immediately end illegal incarceration of Kashmir leaders on fabricated charges.

Responding to a question as his weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Kashmiri leaders were under illegal detention in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India, including the infamous Tihar Jail.

He said that incarceration of Kashmiri people is against the fundamental human rights, international conventions, and the international law.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan condemns framing of concocted, fabricated, and politically motivated charges against Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik. He said a fictitious case relating to gunning down of four Indian Air Force personnel was launched against Yasin Malik in March last year by the TADA Court. The timing of reopening of old cases suggests that the BJP government is determined to frame the Hurriyat leadership for resisting the illegal Indian occupation of the Jammu and Kashmir.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri expressed concerns about the health condition of Yasin Malik as he has a number of medical complications, which require appropriate treatment. He said imprisonment and torturing of Kashmiri leaders on the basis of their political ideology and struggle against illegal occupation is true reflection of extremist mindset of the BJP-RSS regime, which has no respect for human rights of the people of Kashmir.

He urged the international community, especially the United Nations and Human Rights bodies, to take note of the egregious human rights violations in IIOJK and illegal incarceration of Kashmiris.