Kashmiri Bar will write to SAARC heads

Srinagar: The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has decided to write to the heads of SARC Countries, who have been called to New Delhi by Narinder Modi on his oath taking ceremony, to put pressure on India to grant the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir in accordance with the Security Council Resolutions.

According to HCBA general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, the Bar Association feels that besides the United Nations, which is a World Body, it is the duty of SARC Countries as well, to ensure the implementation of Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir, so that there is peace and stability in the region and no country, howsoever, big or mighty it may be, is allowed to subjugate the people and deny them the universally acknowledged right of self-determination.

“The Bar Association also feels that it is high time for India also to fulfill its promise and assurance extended to the people of Kashmir, by its leaders from time to time and devise a workable mechanism, on the basis of Security Council Resolutions, to solve the Kashmir problems, as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir so as to salvage its lost credibility and glory,” he said in a statement . He added that the Bar members also condemned the ‘use of brutal force’ against the civilian population at Nowpora Kulgam who had staged a peaceful protest and had asked for return of dead bodies of two slain militants for burial.

“The Bar members also expressed their solidarity with the families of Asiya and Nelofar of Shopian, who were murdered at Shopian in 2009 and instead of arresting and punishing the culprits in a court of law, more than a dozen lawyers, doctors and family members of the deceased Asiya and Nelofar were indicted in the crime and challan was presented against them in a court at Srinagar, in which they have been facing trial for the last three years,” advocate Bhat said. 

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