Dr Mohammad Khalil Chisti, Pakistani virologist needs attention - Naresh Kadyan

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					His Excellency the Governor of Rajasthan, Jaipur

Dr Syed Mohammad Khalil Chisti, an 80-year-old virologist from Pakistan, is hopeful of
returning home soon after spending 19 years in an Indian prison.

Chisti is currently lodged in Ajmer Central Jail for the murder of a relative in a brawl over
disputed property. Human rights and peace activists from both India and Pakistan are actively
campaigning for the release of Chisti on humanitarian grounds.

Apart from activist groups, the joint committee of Indo-Pakistan Judicial Committee on
Prisoners has issued a joint statement for the release of Chisti after being convicted for life
imprisonment on a murder charge. His bail plea was rejected by the Rajasthan High Court.

Pakistani and Indian peace activists have urged the joint committee to recommend to both the
governments to immediately release all Pakistani and Indian prisoners who are languishing in
jails of the two countries.

The peace activists and members of civil organisations of Pakistan and India welcomed the
convening of a meeting after a gap of more than two-and-a-half years.

"We sincerely thank both the governments for releasing a number of prisoners from each
other's prisons," said the letter signed from the Pakistani side by Syed Iqbal Haider, former law
minister and Attorney General of Pakistan, and others.


From the Indian side the letter was signed by film maker Mahesh Bhatt, social activist Kamla
Bhasin, former MP Shahid Seddiqi, lawyer Jatin Desai and others.

The letter requested the joint committee to make efforts for the release of all prisoners beyond
the age of 70, particularly the most deserving case of Chisti.

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"My father has a PhD in Virology from Edinburgh University, UK. He has had an illustrious
career as a professor of virology and when he retired in the late 1980s, his last post was
director of public health at the King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This whole
ordeal leading to my father being charged happened simply because he was present at the
wrong place at the wrong time and we firmly believe that the first information report against him
contained misleading facts. However, throughout the 19 years of his trial he did not have an
independent lawyer, and since the lawyer he shared with his nephews failed to adequately
represent him and prove his innocence, he is where he is today," wrote Chisti's daughter

No leniency

Amnah started writing to Indian authorities last year in a desperate attempt to get help and

A trial court in Ajmer had sentenced Chisti and the other accused to life imprisonment and a fine
of Rs20,000 (Dh1,640).

An appeal for suspension of sentence, moved by Chisti in the Rajasthan High Court was
rejected on the ground that he was a Pakistani national and that no leniency could be shown in
his case.

However, the plea for suspension of sentence from the other accused was granted.

Abhishek Kadyan, Media Adviser to the OIPA in India and Sukanya Kadyan, Director of PFA
Haryana added that Dr Chisti can be released by the Governor of Rajasthan as the Indian
Constitution gives Governors powers to grant pardon, reprieve, respite or remission of
punishment, including life sentence to any person.

Dr Chisti can be released under the provisions of the Rajasthan Jail Manual, Part 5, Rule-3.

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      Name               From                        Comments
1.    Kadyan Naresh      Delhi - India, India
2.    Kristen Spruill    Raleigh, NC
3.    Tami Mullin        Saint Joe, MI
4.    Kit Blumenstein    Lewisville, TX
5.    Andy Walker        Glasgow, United
6.    Jack Wandera       Krefeld, Germany
7.    Karren Exley       Barnsley, United
8.    Roger Monk         London, United
9.    Stefanie           Wassenberg,
      Wachowitz          Germany
10.   Victoria           London, United
      McFarlane          Kingdom
11.   Diane Ba           Pitt Meadows,
12.   Muhammad           muscat, Oman
      Azeem Khan
13.   Merle Pretorius    Bothasig, South
14.   Bartek Tomczak     Lodz, Poland
15.   lisbeth jensen     Dronninglund,
16.   Ed Laurson         Denver, CO
17.   Vu Nguyen          Silver Spring, MD
18.   Sajid Mahmood      birmingham, United          It was shocked to see that he is still in custody at this age
                         Kingdom                     and being Pakistani(as some say), Please release him
19.   Christopher        Mount Angel, OR
20.   Iputu Novyari      Jimbaran, Indonesia
21.   SM                 Port Of Spain,
                         Trinidad And Tobago
22.   OIPA INDIA         Delhi, India
23.   Abhishek Kadyan    Delhi, India
24.   Khadi Federation   Delhi - India, India
25.   Kadyan Khap        Jhajjar, India
26.   Sharda Kadyan      Delhi, India

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      Name             From                        Comments
27.   Sukanya Kadyan   Delhi, India
28.   White Tiger      Rohtak, India
29.   Lallu Prashad    Rohtak, India
30.   Khyali Saharan   Mumbai, India
31.   Social Service   Delhi - India, India

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