Terms Mehbooba’s statement insult to Kashmiris
Srinagar: Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) on Tuesday termed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement describing contemporary situation in Kashmir as “halla gulla” as an insult to people of Kashmir and in contravention to the United Nations resolutions.
“This is not ‘halla gulla’. The Kashmir issue is about genuine and legitimate demand of the people of Kashmir to decide their future. You cannot describe it as halla gulla and if you are saying so, you are making statement against United Nations resolutions,” advocate Mian Qayoom, president of KHCBA, told reporters during a protest rally taken out by a group of lawyers from the High Court complex.
The protesting lawyers were shouting slogans like “we want freedom, and go India go back” and were carrying placards that read: “stop genocide, implement UN resolutions”.
“This is insult to the people of Kashmir as they have not made sacrifices for ‘halla gulla’. The people of Kashmir should be given right to self determination in accordance with the United Nations resolutions and we are not making this demand now but the Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru has promised us this in Lal Chowk,” Qayoom said.
Recalling the Nehru’s promise from a make shift dais at Lal Chowk in 1947, Qayoom said that India’s first
Prime minister said that people of Jammu and Kashmir will be given right to go either with Pakistan or India.
“He also promised that if your (Kashmiris) decision will be against India, they will accept it. The issue is hanging fire for last nearly seventy years and instead of fulfilling the commitment about the right to self determination, Kashmiris are being killed. There is genocide of Kashmiris. They are being blinded with pellets and for how long will this continue,” he said as he questioned the continued silence of international community.
“Why is world not coming forward to resolve this issue? Why don’t they tell India to fulfill the commitment made before the United Nations,” he said.
The right of self-determination has been promised and guaranteed to people of Kashmir by Security Council and UN Commission for India and Pakistan Resolutions on 21 April 1948, 13 August 1948 and 05 January 1949, he said.
“Indian leaders in their statements made at International foras a as well as inside and outside the parliament also promised this to people of Kashmir,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued here, the lawyers’ body said that the people of Kashmir, both men, women and children of all ages, have sacrificed their lives and are ready to do the same in future, for the genuine cause.
It also appreciates the solidarity shown by several organizations of Bengaluru, “who have asked the government of India to honour the UN Resolutions and conduct a plebiscite in Kashmir and stop the human rights violations in the State.”
The lawyers body also endorsed the stand of Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani that the people of Kashmir should unanimously tell India that they are not after any kind of employment or a developmental package and that they only want that Indian to vacate Kashmir and allow the people to exercise their right of self-determination to choose about their future.