SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Sunday appealed to Muslim world including Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in general and Pakistan in particular to take the case of Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) chief Dr Muhammad Qasim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
DeM secretary general Nahida Nasreen in a statement said that Dr Qasim is a victim of “political vendetta”. “We all know that he is a victim of political vendetta. While in other Indian states, the rule states that life imprisonment amounts to 14, 18 or 20 years, but in Dr Sahib’s case, the life imprisonment is imprisonment till death,” she said.
“The reason behind all this is that Indian state has terribly failed to break the resolve of Dr Qasim,” she said. “Despite several ailments, he dedicated his life to the cause and didn’t budge from his stand on the Kashmir dispute.”
“We salute his stand and the sacrifices he has made. His wife, the chairperson of DeM, Aasiya Andrabi and his children, they have all been made to suffer,” Nasreen said.
She said New Delhi “has used all its designs to scatter the family”. “All the four have been targeted separately and this is being done under a well thought out process. For a woman, her husband is important, and for kids their parents are important. The Indian state kept them apart from each other and then bragged about it.”
Nasreen that Muslim world in general and Pakistan in particular are “duty bound” to plead for Dr Qasim’s case. “If India can take the case of its spy to the ICJ, Pakistan should take the steps to take the case of Dr Qasim to the ICJ. We appeal the people of the Muslim world and government of Pakistan to plead the case in the International Court of Justice.”
“There are many other cases of Kashmiri lifers. Since Dr Qasim is the longest serving lifer, if his case finds a way out, it will pave way for other prisoners as well,” she said.
Meanwhile, Aasiya’s personal secretary in a statement said that the health of DeM chief is deteriorating. She has appealed to the people to pray for her.