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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Charge d’ Affaires (Cd’A) who was handed over a demarche conveying the country’s strong condemnation on the framing of fabricated charges against Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is currently imprisoned at Tihar jail by the Indian authorities.

“The Indian Charge d’ Affaires (Cd’A) was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today (Wednesday) and handed over a demarche conveying Pakistan’s strong condemnation on the framing of fabricated charges against Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yasin Malik,” Foreign Office said in a statement.

It stated that the Indian diplomat was conveyed Pakistan’s grave concern that in a bid to suppress the voice of the indigenous Kashmiri leadership, the Indian government has resorted to implicating them in fictitious and motivated cases. “Neither the malevolent Indian tactics of conjuring up false charges against Kashmiri leadership nor the environment of persecution, repression and intimidation can quash the resolute struggle of the Kashmiris,” it added.

The Indian side was also conveyed Pakistan’s deep concern over Yasin Malik’s incarceration in Tihar Jail since 2019 under inhuman conditions. The brutal treatment meted out to him despite his chronic ailments and denial of decent health care facilities has resulted in steep decline of his health, it added.

“The Cd’A was advised to prevail upon his government that rather than unlawfully keeping the Kashmiri leadership hostage and denying them their fundamental human rights, it must immediately halt its state-sponsored terrorism in the IIOJK, release all political prisoners incarcerated on trumped-up charges, stop human rights violations, lift the inhuman military siege and let the people of IIOJK exercise their right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” it added.

“Pakistan calls upon the Government of India for acquittal of Mr Yasin Malik from all baseless charges and immediate release from prison so that he can be reunited with his family, recuperate his health and return to normal life,” it stated, adding that Pakistan also urges the international community, including the United Nations and relevant human rights and humanitarian organizations to take immediate cognizance of the inhuman treatment meted out by India to one of the most prominent Kashmiri leaders, who has been leading a peaceful freedom struggle for the last many decades.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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