Bar endorses Feb 27 shutdown

SRINAGAR: Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Tuesday extended supports to the strike called by pro-freedom leaders for February 27 against the detention of SAR Geelani as well as against the witch hunting of Kashmiri students all over India.
Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen, joint secretary of the lawyers’ body, said that implicating SAR Geelani in a seditious case was ruthless and tyrannical tactic of the government of India and its agencies to suppress the legitimate voice of the people of Kashmir.
“Is to convey to them, that if they raises the demand of right of self-determination, promised and conceded to them by the government of India and its leaders, both inside and outside the Parliament and at International Fora, they will be falsely implicated in such kind of cases, making their life miserable,” he said in a statement issued following the association’s meeting here.
“It was also stated that the GoI and its agencies have started a campaign of vilification against SAR Geelani and have hired some people to paint him as a terrorist and show him involved in Parliament attack case, forgetting that his acquittal in the case was upheld by the Supreme Court of India”.
He said Kanhaiya Kumar (JNU student’s union president), Umar Khalid and few others, have also been booked on seditious charges only to tell them, that they should not support the cause of the people of Kashmir.
“It was also stated (in the meeting) that the harassment and witch hunting of Kashmiri students, all over India is going on, in a well-planned manner, to force these students to give up their studies halfway and is aimed at to ruin their career,” Shaheen said and announced Bar’s decision to endorse the strike called by Hurriyat Conference (G) and JKLF on weekend.
The Bar also condemned the death threat to Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) by an Underworld Don Ravi Pujari and termed it part of the same ruthless and tyrannical tactic of New Delhi to force the people of Kashmir to subjugation by threats and intimidation. The lawyers’ body also paid rich tributes to Mohammad Yousuf Khan, brother of Hurriyat Conference’s Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai who died at Takipora Lolab, the other day.