AJK President seeks UN chief’s role for release of Yasin Malik

Mirpur (AJK), May 28 (KMS): Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, has condemned the unjust sentencing of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, by India’s Kangaroo court has appealed to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, to play his role in the early release of the Kashmiri leader.

According to Kashmir Media Service, in a letter addressed to the UN chief, the AJK President while highlighting the Indian government’s mala fide intentions behind the controversial court ruling said that the JKLF Chairman was neither given ample opportunity to defend his case in the court of law nor was he given the right to fair trial that happens to be a fundamental right of a prisoner.

He said that Yasin Malik’s conviction and sentencing in a manifestly dubious and politically motivated case was a deep-rooted conspiracy to silence the Kashmiri leader who has championed the Kashmiris’ inalienable rights and sought a settlement of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue and diplomacy.

He said Yasin Malik has been a strong proponent of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. “Malik is being punished because of his political beliefs”, the letter said. He said JKLF Chairman’s life sentence was a reflection of India’s belligerent mindset and antagonistic approach to crush the Kashmiris’ legitimate political demands.

The letter further highlighted the Indian government’s designs to change the demographic complexion of the disputed territory. India has issued fake domiciles to non-state Hindus in IIOJK to change the proportion of population in the territory, the letter said, adding that India wanted to bring a Chief Minister of its choice in the region. He said that it was incumbent upon the UN to stop human rights violations in Kashmir which is an internationally recognized disputed territory.

The AJK President said that the UN should also play its role in granting the Kashmiris their right to self-determination promised to them by the leadership of India and Pakistan.

The AJK President also wrote to the UN Commission on Human Rights, the President of the European Union, the President of the European Parliament, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and other European Parliaments urging them to play their role in release of Yasin Malik and other illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders.

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