Bar members want the association to fight for Article 35 A in Supreme Court

Srinagar: Members of Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Tuesday urged its association leadership to fight for protection of Article 35 A in Supreme Court.
A RSS-backed think-tank—J&K Study Center— earlier this month had approached the apex court seeking scrapping of Article 35 A which debars a non-state subject from purchasing land or property, seek a government job or vote in assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a lawyers’ conference convened to pay tributes to advocate Abdul Qadir Sailani on his 20th death anniversary, former Bar Association president, Nazir Ahmad Ronga said they should fight the petition in the Supreme Court.
“We should file our written arguments in the case and send copies thereof to all the countries including UNO and International Court of Justice,” he said.
Advocate Mohammad Amin Bhat urged the audience to challenge those threatening the scrapping of the Article 35 A.
“We should throttle every effort of the agencies by opposing the same in the Supreme Court. We must catch the bull by the horns and show our presence, wherever it is needed,” Bhat said.
Meanwhile, Bar president, Mian Qayoom, paid tributes to Salani, who was killed by unidentified gunmen on 18 October 1995 near Soura here.
Qayoom said that Salani was a man of character and a staunch supporter of the “right of self-determination” of the people of Kashmir.
“The best tribute to late Abdul Qadir Salani is to follow his path of righteousness and be ready to sacrifice our life for the cause of Islam and freedom for Islam,” he said.
Qayomm also condemned the “brutal” police and paramilitary CRPF action at Batengoo on JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik and pro-freedom leader Shabir Ahmad Dar.
He alleged that International Community was in deep slumber as it failed to take notice of human rights violations in the Valley.
He said that UNO should intervene and send a team to Kashmir to know the “ruthlessness” of Indian armed forces and its agencies in Kashmir.