Pakistan approaches UN for immediate release of Asiya Andrabi

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

03rd Jan, 2021. 03:39 pm
Aasiya Andrabi

Pakistan called upon the United Nations (UN) to seek immediate release of Kashmiri human rights activist and political leader Asiya Andrabi, locked up in Tihar Jail in India.

As per a statement issued by the Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhary, Pakistan has approached the UN secretary general and the UN high commissioner for human rights to seek Andrabi’s immediate release.

Foreign Office said that India should drop all fabricated allegations against Asiya Andrabi, her husband and associates while the United Nations should play its role in eliminating all allegations and false cases.

Pakistan also demanded the removal of all black laws in Occupied Kashmir and said that the United Nations should help meet the demands of justice and provide legal protection in the ongoing trial. Political prisoners and human rights leaders should also be released.

Pakistan called on the United Nations to investigate extrajudicial killings, executions and human rights violations and to set up a commission of inquiry against India.

The Foreign Office said it had contacted the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Asiya Andrabi has been working for social reforms in Occupied Kashmir for four decades and her life in jail is in grave danger.

The statement said that Asiya Andrabi has been in illegal and inhumane detention for 15 consecutive years while the imprisonment of other leaders including Asiya Andrabi is aimed at prolonging the occupation of Kashmir through barbarism. India is trying to portray the Kashmir struggle as terrorism and is constantly violating international human rights and law.

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