Rajnath’s Kashmir visit a ‘failure’, ‘eye-wash’, says Bar

Rajnath’s Kashmir visit a ‘failure’, ‘eye-wash’, says Bar

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Bar Association on Tuesday termed the visit of India’s home minister Rajnath Singh a “total failure” and an “eye-wash” aimed at “misleading” the international community.
As per a statement issued here, the members of the Bar’s Executive Committee held a meeting to take stock of the situation prevailing in the State while tributes were also paid to those killed by government forces during the more than two-week anti-India uprising in Valley.
“The visit of home minister of India to Kashmir was an eye wash just to mislead the international community in believing that New Delhi is very much concerned about the people of Kashmir,” the members observed.
The members said that all “genuine” people of Kashmir refused to meet the Indian home minister and for showing that he met 30 delegations in Srinagar, people were “imported” from Jammu and other places. “Even one group of three persons was divided into three to show that three groups met the home minister,” they said.
Terming Rajnath’s visit a total failure, the Bar said despite the Indian home minister’s verbal orders to forces to refrain from using pellet shotguns, only a day after, dozens of people in south Kashmir were subjected to pellet gun injuries in their eyes and were referred to SMHS Hospital for treatment.
“Though the Indian HM both inside and outside the Parliament had stated that pellet guns are ‘non-lethal’, the Director General of CRPF, K Durga Prasad, in a press conference on Monday, belied the statement by saying there was no weapon called ‘non-lethal’ and that they will continue to use the pellet guns,” the Bar said.
“The forces have even dared to defy the directions of the High Court, which had also directed them not to use the pellet guns as it was against all civilized norms to use such guns against unarmed civilians and it is yet to been seen as to what kind of action, the High Court will take against the forces for using the pellet guns despite the directions passed by the court,” the meeting observed.
The Bar members also stated that J&K is not an integral part of India while terming the statement of Indian foreign minister Sushma Suraj regarding Pakistan as “clearly unrealistic”. “Pakistan is a party to the dispute,” Bar asserted, adding that Pakistan has every right to seek settlement of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people.
It also hailed the role played by the youngsters in the ongoing movement and the people’s resilience while appreciating the part played by several “peace-loving” organisations and groups in India who openly support

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