SRINAGAR: The Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Friday expressed deep concern over the firing of Indian troops across the Line of Control, terming it an attempt by New Delhi to distract and deflect the world’s attention from the situation in Kashmir.
“While two Pakistani soldiers were killed and nine others injured in the LoC incident, 88 civilians have been killed, 700 blinded and 16,000 injured by use of bullets and pellets and more than 10,000 have been incarcerated in different jails and interrogation centres,” the lawyers’ body said in a statement.
“The Bar Association wants to remind the Indian authorities that India and Pakistan have fought three wars in the past on Kashmir, but except miseries and sufferings these wars have not quietened the instinct of people from asking freedom from India. Now even if India and Pakistan go to another war, it will no doubt bring further miseries and sufferings to the people, but will not impair the resolve of those who will survive to take their genuine and legitimate struggle for the right of self-determination to its logical end,” the statement said.
The lawyers’ body appreciated the role played by China, Turkey, Norway, Iran and other European and OIC countries in highlighting the grave human rights violations in Kashmir and supporting the cause of the people. It also appreciated the steps taken by United Nations Human Rights Council in asking India and Pakistan to allow its fact-finding mission to visit both sides of the Line of Control to verify claims made by the two countries.
The Bar Association said that as Indian and Pakistan are on the verge of war, it becomes the duty of all countries and UN organisations to step in and persuade both countries to enter into a dialogue along with the people of Kashmir. “Otherwise there is an eminent threat to the peace and tranquility in the subcontinent,” the association said.
The lawyers’ body appreciated the decision taken by the Pakistani cabinet that Pakistan will extend political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Kashmir.