Bar requests Amnesty to send teams to Kashmir

Srinagar: The J&K High Court Bar Association Wednesday condemned in "strongest possible terms" the killing of Amir Gul of Pulwama and thrashing of people in Shopian, Noorbagh, Bandipora, Pulwama and many parts of the valley by the "ruthless forces".

In a statement, it requested the Amnesty International and other Human Rights Organisations, including the International Red Cross, to send its teams to Kashmir to know the ground situation.

In an Executive Committee meeting held here today to discuss the need of following the pro-freedom leadership programme in "letter and spirit", it was stated that while as Mehbooba Mufti "misleads" the people by saying that it is only 5% of the population of Kashmir which is holding 95% of them in hostage, the deployment of more than 13 companies of BSF personnel in downtown/uptown Srinagar, has "exposed" her.

It said the deployment has also exposed,those who had gone to Delhi to persuade the President and Prime Minister of India to enter into dialogue with all stake holders for solving the Kashmir problem.

"…but have brought with them further misery for the people in the form of deployment of BSF whose record of ruthless suppression of people at Papa I and Papa II and killing of innocents civilians in custody and otherwise, is still fresh in the minds of the people."

"The Bar Association wants to tell the people of the world who have respect for human rights that the struggle of the people of Kashmir for achieving their right of self-determination, guaranteed to them by 27 Security Council Resolutions is indigenous and neither is it sponsored by any group or country nor are any pecuniary considerations involved in it," said the statement.

"The Govt. of India and its stooges are however falsely stating that only a fraction of the people are involved in the struggle. Assuming it to be so that one would be right in asking them a question as to why Kashmir is closed for the last 45 days, why curfew and other restrictions have been imposed on the movement of the people? Why nothing is working in Kashmir today? Why all the wings which constitute “State” are nonfunctional? Why more than three hundred thousand Govt. employees are not attending their duties?".

The Bar said that the Govt. of India needs to understand the reality and give the people their right of self-determination and "save the people of South Asia in general and sub-continent in particular from the hollow cast of a nuclear war which is now hovering over their heads." (CNS)

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