British govt monitoring Yasin Malik’s trial: UK Minister

London, May 18 (KMS):  The British government of the Conservative party told the House of Lords that it is monitoring the trial of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Responding to a question, Minister of State in the Foreign Office, Lord Tariq Ahmed, said: “On the specific issue of the trial of Yasin Malik… we are monitoring it very closely. We do note he has been charged under the Indian law… and therefore we cannot intervene in the independent judicial process of India directly. However, in all our engagements we urge all countries to always respect their own international obligations regarding the treatment of any detainees.”

The matter put to him by Lord Qurban Hussain, a Liberal Democrat peer, was that Malik is on trial this week. Lord Hussain termed the charges against Yasin Malik as “fake”. He also pointed out that Kashmiris suspect the Indian government wants to “get rid of him (Malik)”.

“His life is in real danger,” Lord Hussain asserted, as he asked: “Will the British government use its good offices to protect Mr Yasin Malik’s life?”

Replying to an earlier query, Lord Ahmed had said: “The United Kingdom government encourages all states to ensure their domestic laws are in line with international standards. Indeed, any allegation of human rights is deeply concerning and must be investigated thoroughly, properly and transparently.”

Lord Hussain had asked what assessment the British government had made “of the human rights situation” in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Regarding the United Nations’ role on the Kashmir dispute, Lord Ahmed stated: “The best way to find a solution is to do so together.”