Islamabad, Pakistan: Founder and Convener of Women Journalists Association of Pakistan Fauzia Kulsoom Rana has demanded that India should immediately release Mohammad Yasin Malik, Kashmiri Hurriyat Leader and the head of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) one of the most effective voices of the Kashmir Freedom Movement while restoring his fundamental human rights, says a Press Statement released here on Monday.
She said that the Women Journalists Association of Pakistan is an organization that advocates fundamental human rights and appeals to all international organizations, including the United Nations, to play their role in the release of the incarcerated Kashmiri leader who has been suffering for years in illegal imprisonment under Indian oppression and tyranny. Fauzia Rana said that no minority in India is safe from the persecution and tactics of Narendra Modi-led Hindutva regime in India. She said India has adopted the policy of state terrorism and is also involved in the killing of Sikh freedom leaders living abroad as well as thousands of Kashmiris. Founder WJAP said it is high time to practically ensure the human rights of Kashmiri mothers, sisters and daughters.
She expressed these views during a meeting along with a delegation of women journalists with caretaker Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Human Rights and Women Empowerment Mushaal Hussein Mullick here today.
She demanded that India should allow Yasin Malik’s daughter Raziyah Sultana and his wife Mushaal Hussein Mullick to meet him and end his illegal and unjustified imprisonment.
On the occasion, problems faced by women journalists and possible measures to resolve them were also discussed.
On the demand of WJAP, the SAPM Ministry of Human Rights and Women Empowerment has included in its 100-day plan on priority basis that women journalists should be given representation in health card and housing schemes
ensuring a 33 percent quota for them. Apart from this, ministry’s support was assured for fulfillment of the long-standing demands of WJAP for gender audit and implementation of gender policy in the media industry.
Women journalists in the delegation also discussed issues such as improving workplaces, protection from online and offline threats, and equality in salary structure.
Special Assistant for Human Rights and Women Empowerment Mushaal Hussein Mullick assured full support for the practical solution of all the problems of women associated with profession of journalism.
Those accompanying Fauzia Kalsoom Rana in the delegation were senior anchorperson of Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television Samina Waqar, correspondent German media organization Deutsche Welle Ismat Jabin, reporter of 24 News Rozeena Ali, Rukhshanda Taj Baloch from APP Balochi Service, reporter Umbreen from News One, freelance journalist Afshan Qureshi, freelance journalist Sabahat Khan associated with DRF and DW, editor of Credible News Pakistan Anila Mahmood, reporter of Abtak TV Ayesha Naz, reporter of Talon News Ayman Syed, Associate producer Faiza, Mehwish Fakhar associated with Adil Shahzeb Show, Civil Media Editor of V News Sana Arshad and Web Editor of Urdu News Nargis Janjua.
On this occasion, the founder of WJAP Fauzia Kulsoom Rana, along with the members of the delegation, congratulated Mushaal Hussein Mullick on taking charge of the important responsibilities and presented a bouquet of flowers.