PPP senior leader and Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik today on Wednesdayreleasedthe letter he has written to the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wherein he has urged him to file a law suit in International Court of Justice (ICJ) &International Criminal Court (ICC) under Rome Statute against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his accomplices for their crimes against humanity and genocide in Indian occupied Kashmir. While addressing the press conference, he advised the government to follow the precedent set by Gambian Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mr. Abubacarr Marie Tambadou who picked the courage and presented the case of Rohingyan massacre before the ICJ. He said if a small country Gambia can stand for Rohingyan Muslims why can’t Pakistan go for oppressed Kashmiris in ICJ and ICC.
In his letter hewrites that it is now, a day light fact that India Indian Army is committing the war crimes against oppressed Kashmiris in terms of mass-murdering, mass-graving, mass-blinding through pelleting, rapes, tortures, enforced disappearances, political repression and locking down of the whole valley through strict curfew. He said that so far more than 94,000 Kashmiris have been killed, 7,000 persons have been killed in Indian custody, 22,000 women have been widowed, 105,000 children have been orphaned and 10,000 women have been raped and molested by Indian military and paramilitary troops since 1989. He adds that more than 8,000 people have gone missing in enforced disappearances by Indian forces since 1989. He stressed that all these atrocious crimes against humanity make the Indian government and PM Narendra Modi liable to be trialed in international courts.
He emphasized that his point of view to take the Kashmir issue in ICJ and ICC is now strengthened as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mr. Abubacarr Marie Tambadouof Gambian picked the courage and presented the case of Rohingyan massacre before the ICJ referring to UN Fact Finding Mission’s report of 2018-19 compiled with graphic details as to how army troops brutally conducted the crackdowns and killed thousands of Rohingyan Muslim while the women were raped, villages were set to fire while people were inside their house and their properties were destroyed in 2017. He said that same crimes are being committed by Indian Forces under PM Narendra Modi against innocent Kashmiris.
Senator A. Rehman Malik writes to Foreign Minister that there was an observation at various forums in Pakistan and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Pakistan and India are not the signatory of Rome Statute hence it may not be possible for Pakistan to move a case in ICC but I consistently differed this as the Rome Statute reads, “Any individual, group or state can send information to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) regarding alleged crimes falling under the jurisdiction of the court. To date, the OTP has received more than 12,000 of such communications, which can form the initial basis of the Office’s preliminary examinations. The OTP conducts a preliminary examination to decide whether there is a reasonable basis to initiate an investigation.”
Senator A. Rehman Malik has urged that the precedent of action against Myanmar Authorities for Rohingyan Massacre initiated by Republic of Gambia also entitles the Government of Pakistan and Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir or even any individual or group to file a petition in both International Courts for taking action against Indian Authorities.
Senator A. Rehman Malik writes that he has been emphasizing time and again particularly after August 5th, 2019 and now once again strongly propose the following steps to be taken by the government of Pakistan on Kashmir issue at diplomatic and legal fronts:-
- To move a request in the United Nations emphasizing the Secretary General to appoint a Plebiscite Administrator in Kashmir and fix a date for plebiscite as per the Resolutions of UNSC as there is no further voting required in UN for this matter.
- To write through a law suit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to investigate the reasons of delay in implementation of UNSC Resolutions regarding the right of self-determination and demand to fix the responsibility with the directions to initiate the process of plebiscite in Kashmir.
- To drag Prime Minister Modi through a law suit in International Court of Justice (ICJ) based on the report of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) dated 14th June, 2018 and 8th July, 2019 as these reports have enough materials for the trial of Prime Minister Modi and his accomplices involved in crimes against humanity and genocide.
- To file a petition against Indian Government and Prime Minister Modi in International Criminal Court (ICC) under Rome Statute to drag them for trial as War Criminals based on the available evidences and as per reports of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as referred above.
- To write a letter to United Nations to appoint a Commissioner of Inquiry under UN Charter to investigate into the ongoing crimes against humanity and human rights violations by Indian Forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
He writes that he read a very highly immoral and distressful statement by Maj. Gen (R) SP Sinha, a leader of BJP for supporting rape of Kashmiri women during a TV debate, where he can be heard saying “death in return for death, and rape in return for rape” in Indian Occupied Kashmir. He adds that it is another evidence wherein the rape of Muslim Kashmiri women was self-confessed by a highest military authority and leader of India Ruling Party, BJP. Senator Rehman Malik demanded formation of medical board to look after health of former President Asif Zardari. He said that Asif Ali Zardari was put behind bars on the basis of unproved charges during his trial and the government must provide him complete health facilities and access to private doctor of his choice. He demanded that Asif Ali Zardari should be immediately transferred to Karachi for better medical treatment as he is suffering from multiple diseases. He urged that there should be an end to discrimination as law stand equal for all.