The loved ones customers of the Pulitzer-successful photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan in July previous 12 months, submitted a complaint versus the Taliban at the International Prison Court (ICC).
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Danish’s moms and dads, Prof Akhtar Siddiqui and Shahida Siddiqui, approached the ICC prosecutor to look into the killing of their son and get action against leaders and substantial-stage commanders of the Taliban.
On July 16 final 12 months, Danish was attacked in Afghanistan’s Spin Boldak while he was on an assignment for Reuters. He and other Afghan commandoes have been taken to a nearby mosque for remedy but he was then illegally detained, tortured and killed by the Taliban, reported his spouse and children. His human body was located mutilated with various bullet accidents.
Shahida mentioned, “Danish, our loving son, was murdered by the Taliban for simply just carrying out his journalistic duties… He was subjected to barbaric ranges of torture and mutilation although in their custody.”
In a assertion unveiled by the loved ones on social media, they stated they have named 6 officials in their criticism – supreme commander of the Taliban, head of the Taliban leadership council, chief spokesperson, minister of defence in Taliban, Governor of Kandahar province and Taliban spokesperson.
Avi Singh, the attorney representing Siddiqui’s relatives, mentioned in the statement: “The Taliban targeted and killed Danish simply because he was a journalist and an Indian. This is an worldwide criminal offense. In the absence of rule of regulation in Afghanistan, the ICC has jurisdiction to examine and test the perpetrators of Danish’s murder. As the Taliban strives for worldwide legitimacy, it should confront accountability for its past actions.”
Danish, 38, was the first Indian to acquire the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for covering the Rohingya refugee crisis. He researched at Jamia Millia Islamia where by his father was a professor.