Pak FO condemns Yasin Malik’s conviction


National Courier Desk

Islamabad: Pakistan condemned another abhorrent attempt of Indian government to deprive Kashmiri people of their true leadership in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In a highly reprehensible development, Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik had been convicted in a manifestly dubious and motivated case, dating back to 2017, filed against him by National Investigation Agency. Foreign Office Spokesperson in a statement said, predictably one-sided case had not only convicted Yasin Malik on fictitious charges in defiance of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights but also attempted to make conjectural insinuations about Pakistan. He said renewed haste with which cases against Kashmiri leadership were being pursued further exposed the nefarious Indian designs to undermine historic and distinct political and cultural identity of IIOJK. Conviction of Yasin Malik and conjuring up of motivated cases against the Kashmiri leadership was patently continuation of malicious Indian campaign to deprive Kashmiris of their true leadership, he added.

Spokesperson said inhuman incarceration of Yasin Malik in infamous Tihar jail, his sham trial in concocted cases, fallacious conviction and malfeasant attempts at defiling legitimate struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination as “terrorism” further illustrate India as a serial violator of human rights and usurper of the fundamental rights of Kashmiris.

Struggle for right to self-determination in Kashmir was indigenous and could not be dampened by draconian strong-arm tactics of Indian Government, he maintained.

He urged Indian government to refrain from victimising true representatives of Kashmiri people through inhuman detentions and trumped up charges. “India must release all political prisoners detained on trumped-up charges, stop human rights violations in IIOJK, lift brutal military siege, and let Kashmiri people exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with their aspirations and relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Foreign Office spokesman added. He urged international community to counsel India to drop all fabricated charges against all political leaders of IIOJK, including Yasin Malik, ensure their safety and well-being and provide them complete legal protections, including right to a free and fair trial.