The Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal wants the detained Kashmiri freedom seeker exonerated of all charges
Srinagar, (PNB NEWS). Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urging India to drop all charges against Kashmir’s leader Yasin Malik.
He called on the UN to secure his immediate release from prison so that he could be reunited with his family.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Foreign Minister wrote to Ms. Bachelet on May 24 as part of Pakistan’s continued efforts to attract world attention to the situation in Kashmir.
According to the Foreign Office, “the letter informs the High Commissioner, in particular, of the Indian govt’s ongoing attempts to punish and suppress Kashmiris and their leadership, as well as to indict them in imaginary and motivated cases.”
The Foreign Minister appealed to the High Commissioner and the Human Rights Council to take prompt notice of India’s use of motivated cases to target indigenous Kashmiri leaders, notably Malik’s torture.
Bilawal asked the High Commissioner to urge India to acquit Malik of all false charges and release him urgently.
After spending much of his life in prison or under house arrest, the man who gave voice to the silent Kashmiris had died at the age of 92 last year.
Indian government kept him away from basic health and other facilities.
As a Muslim leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani always stood with Kashmiri Muslims in good and bad times.
He led a hardline section of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), a separatist organization that opposes Indian rule in Kashmir and calls for Kashmir unification with Pakistan.
There were two groups in Hurriyat Conference one headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the second led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
He was also a strong supporter of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. Geelani Sahab was born on September 29, 1929, in Sopore, Kashmir’s Baramulla district.