The Tribune Dated 3rd August, 2019
THIS (Theocratic Hindu Indian State) must avail itself of the facilities provided by the Vienna Convention and send its officer to meet the detained naval officer Jadhav. Hubris must be shed to provide relief to Jadhav. Our party understands how a condemed prisoner feels- Simranjit Singh Mann
Comments by Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)
Simranjit Singh Mann states that the Hindu Indian state is splitting hair and not moving forward to solve the issue of their naval captured officer Jadhav. When the Hindu state kept me in solitary confinement in jail for five years I was not allowed to touch my parents, children and wife physically and when they met, I met them with iron bars between us. There was always an intelligence officer present and obviously recording every word I exchanged with my family. Now why is the Hindu state hesitating in meeting the naval officer Jadhav as councilor facilities have been granted to him as per the Vienna Convention as decreed by the International Court of Justice, over which crores of rupees have been spent in going to the ICJ ?.
We think that the Hindu state is making an issue out of a settled issue. It would give the imprisoned naval officer much psychological comfort if the designated officer of the High Commission in Islamabad could go and meet him under the same conditions with which I was treated by the Hindu state during my incarnation.
Our party is against capital punishment. In this case we have said that if Jadhav is a naval officer then he should be detained in an naval officers mess, separately though, and given the same facilities as an officer is given, the rules being the same in the militaries of both the Islamic and Hindu states. Jadhav could also tell the visiting officer whether such facilities are being granted and what more could be done for him.
The Hindu state has been laying great stress on it respecting and abiding by International Law and the Vienna Convention. Our party has always petitioned the Hindu Indian Union Government that article 51 of the constitution binds it to implementing these International Laws and the conventions, protocols and covenants of the United Nations. But the Hindu Indian state must be asked why it has not signed and ratified these UN treaties:
- 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
- 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
- 1954 Convention relating to Status of Stateless Persons.
- 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
- 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
- 1966 Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
- 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. It is because there are still 30,000 Sikh Stateless refugees in Kashmir since 1947.
- 1972 Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile System.
- 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. If this Convention had been followed, neither the Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple would not have been reduced to rubble nor the Babri Masjid in 1992.
- 1984 Convention against Torture and other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
- 1984 Safeguard and guaranteeing protection of the Rights of those facing the death penalty.
- 1995 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
- 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
- 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction (the Ottawa Convention on the abolition of landmines).
- 2001 Rome Statute, by virtue of which the International Criminal Court has been set up at The Hague.
- 2010 The Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Cluster Munitions.
We are of the opinion that the Hindu Indian state must mature and function in accordance with Human dignity, respect and consideration for the minorities, the under privileged, adivasis or tribal’s and the schedule castes.
Our party would want the Hindu Indian state to shed its hubris and find out how Jadhav is being treated and what Islamic Pakistan can do to make his life humane in accordance with the UN Human Rights charter.
Simranjit Singh Mann,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
facebook page: @sardarsimranjitsinghmann