Srinagar: The Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Thursday re-elected Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom as its president. He defeated his opponent, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, by securing 464 votes out of a total of 722 votes polled.
Mushtaq Ahmad Dar has been declared winner for the post of vice-president after defeating Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, while G N Shaheeen was elected as general secretary, Adil Asmi as joint secretary and Sameer Ahmad as treasurer of the lawyers’ body.
Qayoom, while addressing the lawyers post-elections, said that he will continue his support for the freedom struggle of Kashmir and for the fight against human rights violations in the state. “Qayoom sahib reiterated his support for the freedom struggle (of Kashmir) just like he supported before the NIA (National Investigation Agency) summons,” a member of the Bar told Kashmir Reader.
Qayoom also said that he would try to take everybody on board in decision-making and would work for the lawyers’ welfare.
The elections were supposed to have been held on August 24, but due to the Supreme Court hearings of cases like Article 35 A, pellet victims, the elections were postponed till September.
In September, the elections were again postponed following the NIA’s September 6 summons to Bar president Qayoom, asking him to report to the agency’s Delhi headquarters for questioning in connection with the ‘terror funding’ case.
Qayoom appeared for questioning by NIA officials on September 14, “as a witness” in the NIA’s “terror funding” case, RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI. He was allowed to return home from Delhi after being given a “clean chit” by the NIA.