ISLAMABAD (C News) – Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned the arbitrary arrests and illegal detention of prominent Islamic scholars, including Maulana Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri and five members of Jamaat-e-Islami, in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
“These deplorable actions only days ahead of the UN General Assembly session manifest India’s growing intransigence, and utter disregard of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a press release.
Pakistan also called for the immediate release of these religious scholars and all other Kashmiri prisoners illegally detained by India.
“We also urge the international community to take note of the dangerously growing trajectory of Islamophobia in India, instigated at the behest of the BJP-RSS nexus, that is aimed at suppressing the Muslims of India, denying them space to freely practice their faith and attacking their places of worship,” it was added.
The spokesperson said that these arrests had marked a new low in the Indian occupation forces’ blatant and continued onslaught on the human rights of the innocent Kashmiris.
The illegal detention of the Kashmiri Islamic scholars while the true representatives of the Kashmiri people were already in Indian custody under fictitious cases and on fallacious grounds, was yet another Indian attempt to rob the Kashmiri people of their distinct religious and cultural identity.
“The reprehensible arrests of the Kashmiri Islamic scholars under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), which defies all international humanitarian laws and permits preventive detention for as many as two years without the need for a trial, is a deplorable preemptive step by the Indian authorities planning to illegally occupy the religiously significant ‘Waqf Board’ properties,” the spokesperson said.
Fearing widespread protests and unrest in the face of such a malicious move, these scholars had been unjustly arrested and transferred from Kashmir to a prison in Hindu-majority Jammu. These politically motivated arrests were clearly meant to stifle the voice of the Muslims of IIOJK and further marginalize them.