HRCP strongly condemns death by torture of Khalid Mehmood in India

Press Release, March 13, 2008

Karachi:   In a joint statement issued to the press, Iqbal Haider, Secretary General, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Zohra Yusuf, Vice Chairperson, HRCP strongly condemned the death by torture of Khalid Mehmood, a Pakistani national and a resident of Lahore who died in Gurgaon jail in the suburb of Delhi, India on February 12, 2008. His dead body was handed over to his family at the Wagah border on Monday, March 10, 2008.

It is regrettable that Khalid Mehmood’s death was kept under wraps until the release of Kashmir Singh, which was welcomed and appreciated by the people of the two countries.  The beneficial impact of the release of Kashmir Singh suffered a setback by the tragic death in custody of Khalid Mehmood and also negated the spirit of the recent Pak-India agreement on the establishment of a Judicial Committee on Prisoners.  The Government of India should in all fairness order a judicial inquiry into the murder of Khalid Mehmood and punish the culprits who committed this inhuman act, the statement said.  

It is in the interest of the people of the two countries that the authorities in both the countries act in a humane and lawful manner and promote more confidence building measures to ensure peace, harmony and cordial relations between the Governments and the people of the two countries. 

Iqbal Haider, Secretary General

Zohra Yusuf, Vice Chairperson, Sindh

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