Pakistan has summoned India’s Charge d’Affaires to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan and handed over a demarche to him conveying Islamabad’s strong condemnation of the framing of “fabricated charges” against Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik.
The Pakistan Foreign Office, in a late-night statement on Wednesday, said that Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Malik is currently imprisoned in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
“The Indian diplomat was conveyed Pakistan’s grave concern that in a bid to suppress the voice of the indigenous Kashmiri leadership, the Indian government has resorted to implicating them in fictitious and motivated cases,” news agency PTI reported quoting the statement.
The Indian side was also conveyed Pakistan’s deep concern over Malik’s incarceration in Tihar Jail since 2019 under “inhuman conditions”, it said.
Pakistan calls upon the Government of India for acquittal of Malik from all “baseless” charges and immediate release from prison so that he can be reunited with his family, recuperate his health and return to normal life, the Foreign Office said.
Earlier in the day, a court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) India convicted Malik a week after he pleaded guilty in a case related to alleged “militancy and secessionist activities” in the Kashmir Valley.
The court also sought an affidavit from Malik regarding his financial assessment and asked NIA to submit a report related to his financial assessment. The argument on sentence would take place on the next date of hearing, on 25th May.