Gilgit-Baltistan [PoK], November 28 (ANI): Pakistan on Friday released political activist Baba Jan from Gilgit Baltistan after nearly a decade of unlawfully imprisoned.
Imran Khan’s government was forced to surrender before the people of the occupied territories of Pakistan after Pakistan was slammed and isolated by various international organizations on several platforms of human rights violations.
A case was filed against him for raising the issue of illegal rationing of marble mines to Chinese companies in the Hunza Nasirabad valley.
Pressure by the United Nations and various other global forums has worked for the activists’ release. This came as a defeat for the Pakistani Army which had used Gilgit Baltistan as a colony to oppress the common people.
Pakistan was forced to release political prisoner Baba Jan from Gilgit Baltistan over protests by activists but gained momentum in October when protesters questioned the draconian law under which activists have been arrested, saying the region is not part of Pakistan and its laws . does not apply here and demands the release of political prisoners, who are serving illegal sentences.
Baba Jan, a prominent local activist and leader is serving a ninety year sentence on fabricated charges.
There are also reports that Iftikhar Hussain Karbalai has also been released from Ghahkuch prison after nine years in prison.
According to Pakistani media reports, sources said that an agreement was reached between protesters in Hunza a month ago for the release of political prisoners.
Baba Jan and two other youth activists from Hunza, Amir Khan, and Iftekhar Hussain, were convicted in August 2011 by an anti-terrorism court for participating in a mass movement against government inaction during the Attabad incident.
Time and time again, political activists from Gilgit Baltistan have raised the issue of Baba Jan and other political activists on international platforms, including the United Nations, but Islamabad has suppressed people under Schedule-IV of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
The Baba Jana case is a vivid reminder of the dire state of human rights in a region where an activist and political worker must face life sentences for campaigning against injustice and state oppression. (ANI)
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