Aasiyeh’s Son Seeks UN Help for Mothers Release

Ahmad bin Qasim, left, the son of Aasiyah Andrabi and Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, give a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday | AP Photo

Islamabad: The family of a prominent separatist leader Aasiyeh Andrabi who is being held in an Indian jail for alleged anti-state activities appealed Monday to the United Nations for help in securing her release.

Aasiyeh’s son Ahmad bin Qasim, was joined by Pakistan human rights minister Shireen Mazari in issuing the appeal during a rare news conference in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

Andrabi and two other activists, Sofi Fahmeeda and Nahida Nasreen, were charged by a court in India last month.

Andrabi’s group generally campaigns against perceived acts of immorality in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state.

On Monday, her son — who is studying in Pakistan — and Mazari criticized Indian forces for committing “human rights violations” in Kashmir and asked human rights organizations to work for Andrabi’s release and the release of other women jailed in India. Qasim said his mother suffers from asthma and in need of medical care.

Qasim’s father, Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, was a militant commander and Indian authorities convicted him of murder in the death of a human rights activist in Kashmir.

Pakistan wants India to drop charges against Andrabi and her husband and release them. (AP)

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