Bar Defers Polls After Govt’s Notice On Kashmir Status

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) on Tuesday decided to defer its elections, a day after the government asked the layers body to clarify their stand on Kashmir.

“We have decided to defer the elections. New date is yet to be fixed,” Election Commissioner of HCBA, Advocate Mudasir said. “New date will be announced after deliberations,” reported news agency KNO

The Bar elections were scheduled to be held today. However, in the meeting held in Srinagar, it was decided to defer the elections for some time.

The development came close on the heels of a notice issued to J&K HCBA by the district magistrate Srinagar where it was asked to clarify its stand whether it sees Kashmir as “a dispute or an integral part of the country.”

Yesterday, a notice sent to the Bar Association read that Jammu and Kashmir HCBA has reportedly circulated a press note convening election for various office bearers of association at Srinagar on November 10.

“The HCBA Srinagar constitute states the following as its first objective: to find ways and means take steps for resolving the issues concerning public at large including larger issues of peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute and for this purpose organize seminars, conventions, delegate its members to various places within and outside India to become members of other associations, bodies or forums which share common outlook with the associates,” the notice issued to the Bar read.

“You are required to explain your position on the subject, since its not in the consonance with the Constitution of India, whereby J&K is an integral part of the country and not a dispute; and also in conflict with the advocates act 1961 which governs the subject vis-à-vis administrative legal points.”

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