Pakistan condemns continued detention of Malik

Pakistan condemns continued detention of Malik

SRINAGAR: Pakistan has strongly condemned the continuing incarceration and deteriorating health of Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik since February 22 this year on “trumped up” charges, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.
Yasin Malik was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Delhi’s Tihar jail. His organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Government of India.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Malik on April 10 after a special NIA court in Jammu gave the go ahead for his custodial interrogation by the probe agency.
Malik, who was shifted to Tihar jail under police protection, was taken into preventive custody in February by the Jammu and Kashmir police and shifted to Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.
In a statement issued on Monday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said despite Yasin Malik’s serious ill health and in violation of legal rights, ethics and norms, his family, who were informed after considerable delay, has not been permitted to meet him.
“Given the previous history of the Indian government’s mistreatment and violation of human rights of Kashmiri leaders, the apprehensions of Yasin Malik’s family members and Kashmiris in general about the safety and health of Yasin Malik are justified,” he said.
The spokesperson said Yasin Malik’s incarceration is “yet another link in the series of steps taken by India to continue its intensified oppression of the Kashmiri people struggling for the realisation of the legitimate right to self-determination”.
“Coercive Indian measures and brutalities against Kashmiris will not change the universally accepted reality of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, but will only aggravate the situation,” he said.
We expect the government of India to ensure the wellbeing of Yasin Malik including provision of adequate healthcare, the spokesperson said.
Dr Faisal called upon the international community to impress upon India to desist from such “inhuman” actions, abolish draconian laws like PSA and Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which perpetuate Indian atrocities in Kashmir, stop harassing and victimising Kashmiris and expedite the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.