Pakistan has sought an explanation from India on the killing of Zia Mustafa, the Lashkar- e- Toiba commander held prisoner in India since his arrest in 2003 for the Nadimarg massacre.
J & K Police sources say that Mustafa was killed in a crossfire while “leading security forces to Pakistani terrorists hiding in forested areas of Poonch”.
The Foreign Office summoned The Indian Charge d’Affaires seeking an explanation of the killing and a strong protest was lodged regarding the incident.
The FO spokesman said in his statement said that the killing had occurred in “mysterious circumstances ” far away from the location of prisoner’s prison which was “intriguing”. The FO spokesman also raised serious concerns about the well being, safety and security of Pakistani Prisoners in India as reported by Dawn News, Pakistan.
FO in its statement, expressing regret, drew attention to the fact that this was not the first incident in which Pakistani civilian prisoners have been found dead under “inexplicable circumstances” as reported by Dawn News Pakistan.
The Spokesman has urged the Indian Government to “urgently authenticate” this incident and carry out further investigation regarding the same.
The FO spokesman in his statement has asked the Indian government to “ensure the safety, security and humane treatment” of all Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails/detention centers (source: Dawn News, Pakistan).
“The trial against him is over. The court will be told that he has been killed, and the case against him will be closed,” said Mustafa’s lawyer Mohammaed Mubashir Gattoo as reported by the Indian Express.
What remains now is the charge of neglect and disuse of duty against seven policemen. Gattoo said the court would have to take a call on the evidence against them.