SRINAGAR: Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Tuesday hailed Pakistan for not inviting the speaker of the state legislature to the commonwealth parliamentary conference scheduled to begin next month in Islamabad.
“(The association) is of the firm view that the Kashmir assembly was brought into existence in violation of the Security Council resolutions of March, 30 1951 and January 24 1957 and it was therefore, a non-entity under the international law and Pakistan has therefore, very rightly refused to invite its speaker to the conference,” advocate Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, general secretary of the lawyers’ body said in a statement issued after association’s executive committee meeting here.
“The Executive Committee lauded the stand taken by the government of Pakistan in not inviting the speaker of J&K Legislative Assembly owing to the disputed nature of the State of J&K,” he added.
He said that the common wealth parliamentarians have a moral obligation to impress upon India to settle the ‘Kashmir dispute’ according to the wishes of the people to be ascertained in a free and fair plebiscite to be conducted under the auspices of United Nations, so that there is peace and tranquility in the sub-continent and South Asia.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Union (CPU) conference is scheduled to begin on September 30.
Meanwhile, the lawyers paid rich tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was killed in 2008. The lawyers’ body also announced support to the strike call given by the pro-freedom leaders on 15 August as a mark of protest against the ‘forcible occupation of the state by Indian Forces.’