Death of Writer Mushtaq Ahmed: ASK Demands Independent Inquiry

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) demands fair and impartial investigation into the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed arrested under the Digital Security Act

Writer Mushtaq Ahmed, who was arrested in a case filed by the RAB under the Digital Security Act, has died in prison. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) expresses condemnation over his death and strongly demands a fair and impartial investigation into the cause of his death.
Mushtaq Ahmed was arrested by the RAB in May 2020. Afterwards, RAB filed three cases against 11 persons including him under the Digital Security Act at the Ramna police station. While others named in the case were granted bail, Mushtaq Ahmed and cartoonist Kabir Kishore were not granted bail.

The process through which Mushtaq Ahmed and Kabir Kishore were arrested and then detained for a long period of time under the Digital Security Act—which is contrary to the freedom of press and freedom of speech recognised in our Constitution—have given rise to widespread criticism. This law has created a sense of dread among journalists, cultural activists, writers, researchers and general citizens, which has had a detrimental effect on the freedoms of expression and press. Undoubtedly, Mushtaq Ahmed’s death will only deepen this fear. ASK demands to immediately ensure a fair and impartial investigation into Mushtaq Ahmed’s death. Besides, it also urges the immediate release of cartoonist Kabir Kishore.

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