SOS --- RELEASE RAUF KASHMIRI
Govt. of Inida and Pakistan
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Rauf Kashmiri is a Kashmiri freedom fighter languishing in Indian jails for last 13 years. Rauf Kashmiri was arrested on 23-06-1991 by police in Indian Controlled Kashmir.
He was charged with illegal crossing the Line of Control (LoC), a border line dividing Kashmir into Indian controlled and Pakistani controlled regions.
He was produced before a special court in Jammu after years of detention. For a crime, he could have been imprisoned for a six-month term; he was sentenced to a five-year term by the court.
Since he had already been languishing in jails for nine years, the court therefore ordered his release on 11 September 2000.
The Pakistan government however refused to take him back. He was therefore detained in an Indian jail under Public Safety Act (PSA) until Sept. 2005. He is since detained in Jodhpur Central Jail. 34200 Jodhpur, Rajasthan. India. (Any post can be sent to Rauf on this address). His PC number is: 182101.
On approached by Rauf Kashmiris family and friends, ICRC sent a delegation to visit Rauf Kashmiri in Jodhpur.
The ICRC has advised to approach UNHCR as a possible solution (complete ICRC email reply is attached below).
Meantime, Raufs family living in Palandri sub-district of Pakistani Controlled Kashmir, is suffering hardships. His only son Babur Rauf, born six month after his detention, has yet to see his father. Raufs father and mother died, in 1994 and 1995 respectively, in his absence. Death of his parents has exposed his wife and son to insecure economic situation.
Born in 1966, Rauf Kashmiri has spent almost one-third of his life behind the bar. Ironically, Rauf born in Gorah village of Pallandri in Pakistani controlled Kashmir, was arrested from his native village Surinkot in Poonch district of Indian controlled Kashmir. His family had to migrate to other side of the Line of Control (LoC). The people of Kashmir do not accept this imposed division and demand a free movement of Kashmiris across Line of Control (LoC).
Rauf Kashmiris detention and situation demands an immediate attention.
Please send protest letters to governments of Pakistan and India on addresses below.
Also, send solidarity messages to Rauf Khan and his family.
Also, approach human rights bodies in your respective countries.
On behalf of
Swedish Kashmir Committee www.skk.kasamira.com
Please write to
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Name: Khurshid M. Kasuri
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan Shairpao
Embassy of Pakistan
President of India at [email protected]
The Prime Minister's Office, popularly known as the 'PMO', is located at
South Block, Raisina Hill,
Fax: 91-11-23019545 / 91-11-23016857.
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Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi - 110 001
Phone: 23092011, 23092161 Fax: 23093750, 23092763
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Indian Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden
ADOLF FREDRIKS KYRKOGATA 12,
BOX 1340, 111 83 STOCKHOLM
TEL: 08-107008, 4113212, 4113213; FAX: 08-248505
Pakistan, Islamic Rep. of
House No 12
Street No 83, G - 6/4
P.O. Box No 1554
Tel.: (++9251) 282 47 80 - 282 47 52
Fax: (++9251) 282 47 58
ICRC Regional Delegation
for South Asia
47, Sunder Nagar
NEW DELHI 110003
(covers Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives)
Tel.: (++91 11) 2435 23 38 - 2435 43 94
Fax: (++91 11) 2435 07 23 - 2435 32 50
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Islamabad office/Center for Democratic Development
H. No. 56, St. No. 35, F-6/1, Islamabad
Tel: (051) 2824205
Fax: (051) 2827147
E-mail: [email protected]
Aiwan-I-Jamjoor, 107-Tipu Block
New Garden Town, Lahore 54600
Tel: (042) 5838341-5864994-5865969
Fax: (042) 5883582
Web site: www.hrcp-web.org
E-mail: [email protected]
National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, India
E-Mail: [email protected]