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Pakistan strongly condemns continuous detention of Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik


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Pakistan has strongly condemned the continuing incarceration and deteriorating health of Yasin Malik, chairperson Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), since 22 February 2019, on trumped-up charges.

According to the Foreign Office, Yasin Malik, was arrested despite his serious ill health earlier under the draconian Public Safety Law, and despite his worsening health was shifted to the notorious Tihar jail.

Coercive Indian measures and brutalities against Kashmiris in IoK will not change the universally accepted the reality of the Jammu and Kashmir.

Despite his 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.

Concerns about Deteriorating Health

Given the history of the Indian government’s mistreatment and violation of human rights of Kashmiri leaders, frequently subjecting them to torture and imprisoning them under fabricated charges due to their political beliefs, the apprehensions of Malik’s family members and Kashmiris in general about the safety and health of the JKLF leader is justified.

His 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 realization of the legitimate right of self-determination.

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Indian Draconian Laws

Indian laws, including the Public Safety Act grant immunity to Indian occupation forces to operate with impunity, to arrest (up to two years without trial) and kill innocent Kashmiris, without any fear of prosecution.

According to the Foreign Office, Yasin Malik, was arrested despite his serious ill health earlier under the draconian Public Safety Law.

These laws have also been strongly criticized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UK All Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group.

Coercive Indian measures and brutalities against Kashmiris in IoK will not change the universally accepted the reality of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, but will only aggravate the situation.

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Pakistan’s Expectations from Indian government

Pakistan expects from, the Government of India to ensure the wellbeing of Malik, including provision of adequate healthcare and call 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 (AFSPA), which perpetuate Indian atrocities in IoK, stop harassing and victimizing Kashmiris in IOK and expedite the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.