Pak demands full report of circumstances of Mehmoods custody death in India

March 14th, 2008 - 2:25 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Mar 14 (ANI): Pakistan has reportedly rejected Indias clarification on the custody death of Pakistani national Khalid Mehmood, and has asked the latter to provide full report in the circumstances of his death and also share the investigation into his death.

Pakistan Foreign Office said that the clarification given by New Delhi failed to fully explain the circumstances of Mehmoods death.

“We have seen clarification issued through media by the Indian High Commission and the explanation given in the Press release does not fully explain the circumstances for the death of Khalid Mehmood,” The Nation quoted Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq as saying.

He added: “We once again asked Indian authorities to provide full report into the circumstances of Khalid Mehmood’s death and share the investigation conducted in this regard instead of shifting the blame for the wrong done.”

Earlier, the Indians High Commission in Islamabad had denied Pakistani media reports that Mehmood was tortured while in prison. “The High Commission of India is concerned at the misinformation being spread in various media reports following the repatriation to Pakistan of the dead body of Mehmood, an under-trial prisoner in India who died of illness on 12 February, 2008,” a High Commission statement said.

Mehmood went to India on a four-day cricket visa in April 2005. He then disappeared in the country and was apprehended by the Faridabad Police on 17 May, 2006, more than a year after his visa had expired. Sensitive documents were recovered from Mehmood’s possession, which he was carrying to Delhi to deliver to some persons who were travelling to Pakistan by the Samjhota Express. An FIR was filed and a case registered against Mehmood under various sections of the law, including the Foreigners Act, the Passport Act, the Official Secrets Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Thereafter, he was produced before a Court in Faridabad and had been an under-trial prisoner in Gurgaon Jail since 25 May 2006.

While in prison, Mehmood was provided proper medical treatment. He was also referred to Gurgaon Civil Hospital for specialist opinion last December when he developed abdominal distension on 1 February 2008. Later, on 11 February 2008, he was referred to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi and then transferred to AIIMS, India’s premier medical institute, for further treatment. Unfortunately, he did not respond to the treatment and succumbed to his ailment on 12 February 2008.

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi was immediately informed of Mehmood’s death and requested to intimate his next of kin to collect the body. The Pakistan High Commission acknowledged this on 13 February, 2008, but only conveyed to the Indian Government on 5 March, 2008, i.e. 22 days later, that the relatives had been contacted and they had desired that the body be transported to Pakistan for burial as per Islamic rites. Accordingly, the body was brought to Wagah border on 10 March 2008.

It is emphasised that no torture was inflicted upon Mehmood while he was an under-trial prisoner. Necessary post-mortem reports were also handed over to his relatives along with the body. (ANI)

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