Srinagar: Lawyers’ fraternity on Saturday remembered one of their great members who was abducted and murdered in custody by army in 1996 for highlighting human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a seminar here, senior advocate Z A Qureshi said Jalil Andrabi was a son of the soil and he loved his people and the place where he was born, from the core of his heart. He said that Andrabi always believed that “we have been forcibly occupied by India and that we should get ourselves freed from Indian subjugation.”
In his introductory speech Bashir Sidiq, General Secretary of the Kashmir High Bar Association said Jalil Andrabi was a brilliant lawyer and was deeply involved in the freedom movement. He narrated all the events which had preceded his death and also the fact, as to how he had photographed his killers before he was abducted and killed in custody. He stated that he was very close to Mohammad Yassin Malik, Chairman JKLF and he had often seen him in the demonstrations and or conferences organized by JKLF. He said that Andrabi was a strong champion of human rights and he had filed several petitions in the High Court to seek the enforcement of the human rights of the people of Kashmir.
Advocate Mufti Mehraj, said 27 March 1996, shall always be remembered in history of Kashmir as a Black Day, as it was on this day that “we lost an upright and sincere friend and a champion of the human rights of the people of Kashmir.”
Advocate Altaf Haqani said that on the day when Jalil Andrabi was abducted, he had a case before the High Court . “His case was listed at serial no. 1 and mine was at serial no. 2. Before his case was taken up, he showed me a report of Amnesty International indicating that there was threat to his life from some people, who had come to his home and had been photographed by him.”
He said that after doing his case, he left for Jammu and it was there that he came to know about his abduction.
Former Bar Association president Nazir Ahmad Ronga said Jalil Andrabi was a member of advisory council of JKLF and has prepared a ‘vision document’ showing that Kashmir can exist as an independent country. He was the youngest member of the advisory council of JKLF and he himself volunteered to go to Geneva to highlight the Kashmir issue, there. Ronga said that he was told by Late Abdul Gani Lone as to how brilliantly Jalil Andrabi had projected Kashmir cause at Geneva.
Advocate Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, former general secretary said that recently Director General of Police made a statement that ‘bullet knows no address’, which depicts, he and his men are unprofessional and they are under instructions to kill anyone and everyone whosoever come in their way.
He said that Jalil Andrabi had tremendous respect for Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and when he was hanged, Andrabi made him to bring a letter head of the Bar Association so that he could issue a press release on behalf of the lawyers’ body, condemning his hanging. He said that Jalil was thereafter arrested but he didnot disclose as to who had given him the letter head of the Bar Association.
Senior advocate RA Jan stated that he had the privilege of having remained very close to Jalil Andrabi and “I can say whatever he did is now an open book. We have to introspect in ourselves and find out as to why, despite such huge sacrifices, we are not achieving our goal.”
Advocate Nasir Qadri, said that while paying tributes to Jalil Andrabi said that those who have sacrificed their lives are always remembered by the people. “They cannot be forgotten because they have done something very important for the freedom struggle. There are 28 resolutions of the Security Council on Kashmir, but India is not honoring these resolutions and that is the reason that our youngsters like Shaheed Burhan Wani took up arms to force India to accept Kashmir a dispute and solve it in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir.”
Professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain said that Maharaja of Kashmir remained wavering after 15th of August 1947, because he was not in a position to take his decision regarding accession between India and Pakistan.
He referred to the issue of Green Land and said that people over there have not accepted the unilateral act of their Ruler. He also referred to the complaint filed by India in Security Council and said that since the complaint was filed by India under Chapter VI of the Charter therefore, the resolution are not enforceable. He said that complaint was no doubt filed under Chapter VI but the Resolutions were passed under chapter VI and chapter VII and it is why UN Observers are in J&K.
Advocate GN Shaheen said that UN Security Council Resolutions are no doubt a bed rock of the Kashmir’s struggle, but perceptions are also to be taken note of.
He referred to former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s assertion that even though there have been no communal clashes in Pakistan for the last 70 years, Pakistan is always termed to be theocratic state. “On the other hand, there have been thousands of communal riots in India during the 70 years, but still India is a secular country.”