As the Saudi authorities have asked for reasonable evidences from Indian government on Fasih Mahmood’s involvement in terror activities, his wife Nikhat Parveen has now sought his immediate release reiterating that he is innocent.
Nikhat slammed Indian government and intelligence agencies stating that valid proofs could not be produced against him as he is innocent.
She has issued a press statement demanding immediate release of Fasih. Here is the full text:
The abduction of my husband Fasih Mahmood by Indian Intelligence Agencies in Saudi Arabia is not only illegal but also a criminal act. It raises questions about the activities of the Indian Intelligence Agencies.
Saudi Government recently said in the context of my husband’s extradition that, since the Indian intelligence agencies have failed to provide any logical evidence, so they will not be given charge of Fasih.
This proves that my husband is innocent and also that his abduction by the Indian agencies is a criminal act.
I have repeatedly told the Government of India about his abduction by Indian agencies and also filed a habeas corpus on 24th of May. After irresponsibly spending over a month, on the 9th of July the government told me that the Saudi Government had informed the former on 26th of June about the detention of Fasih. At that time the government said that they had no role in his detention.
All these events raise several questions:
- Firstly, if there is no allegation on my husband in Saudi Arabia then how can he be arrested there?
- Secondly, if the Indian agencies say that they had no role in his arrest then how is it that after I filed the habeas corpus, they issued a red corner notice against him on 31st of May and a warrant again on 28th May?
- I want to know that, despite the government claiming to have no role in Fasih’s arrest, why is it that on one hand the Saudi government is accusing the Indian government of not being able to produce any logical evidence against him, and on the other hand the Indian government is talking about producing the said evidence?
- Also, the extradition treaty between the Indian and Saudi government clearly provides that if there is no evidence gathered against the accused within two months, he must be released. Then why is it that despite Indian government’s failure to produce any evidences at all, my husband is not being released even after four months?
- Why is the government to save its Intelligence Agencies?
- Why is my family and I being separated from my husband for the past four months?
- Is this not a human right violation in a democratic country?
I have repeatedly demanded that I be allowed to meet my husband but the government did not pay heed to this right of mine. On the contrary, the government has consistently supported the Intelligence agencies that have produced false evidences against my husband and have also been involved in illegal and criminal activities.
I hereby demand that my husband be released immediately. Also, strict action be taken and cases be filed against guilty officers of the Indian Intelligence Agencies who are responsible for his abduction.