Press Release, March 27, 2008
Karachi: In a statement issued to the press, Zohra Yusuf, Vice Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Sindh Chapter has strongly condemned the death of an Indian Fisherman in the Hospital of District Malir Jail, Karachi and demanded unimpeded investigation into this tragic incident.
One out of the 431 Indian fishermen, who were arrested and imprisoned for illegal fishing, died on March 20, 2008 during treatment in Malir Jail’s hospital. Deceased Lakshman, 40, son of Kanji, was arrested by the Marine Security Agency for entering into Pakistani waters and imprisoned in Malir Jail on February 10, 2006, the statement said.
HRCP demands immediate and impartial investigation into this tragic incident and urges the Government of Sindh to order a high level inquiry into the case and to take measures to prevent similar recurrences.
HRCP also urged the Government of Pakistan to complete the legal formalities and co-ordinate efforts with the High Commission of India for the release and transportation of Indian Fishermen in the Malir District Jail, back to their hometowns in India
Zohra Yusuf, Vice Chairperson