Bar requests Amnesty to send teams to Kashmir

Bar requests Amnesty to send teams to Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Condemning the killing of a youth in Pulwama and thrashing of people in parts of Kashmir, the J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, on Wednesday requested the rights bodies to send their teams to Kashmir.
According to a statement issued here, the lawyers’ body held its Executive Committee meeting to discuss the need to follow the pro-freedom leadership programme.
The body, the statement said, 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.
It stated that while as Mehbooba Mufti “misleads” the people by saying that five per cent of the population of Kashmir holds 95 per cent hostage.
It said the deployment of more than 13 companies of BSF personnel in Srinagar has “exposed” her.
The deployment has also exposed those who went to Delhi to persuade the president and Prime Minister of India to enter into dialogue with all stakeholders for solving the Kashmir problem, they said.
They, it said, have brought with them “further misery” for the people in the form 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”.
Addressing the “people of the world who have respect for human rights”, the Bar said that the struggle of the people of Kashmir for their right of self-determination “is indigenous, not “sponsored by any group or country”, and without “any pecuniary considerations”.
“The Govt. of India and its stooges are, however, falsely stating that only a fraction of the people is involved in the struggle,” Bar said, adding that the government of India needed to understand the reality.
“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,” it said.
Meanwhile, the Bar Association also condemned “the beating of a Kashmiri trucker in Jammu”.
The lawyers’ body said his truck was set ablaze in Bathindi area of Jammu by a mob after sprinkling petrol on it.

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