Srinagar: Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Thursday rejected Rs 50-lakh relief package from Prime Minister of India for rebuilding its flood-ravaged library.
The package of Rs 50 lakh was sanctioned for High Court Bar Library by the Government vide an order (no. 23-PD of 2016) issued by state’s Planning and Development Department on February 1 this year.
The decision to reject the package was taken at the general body meeting of the lawyers’ body here. “Many members were of the opinion that accepting any relief package from Prime Minister of India was contrary to the Bar Association’s previous resolutions and its stand on Kashmir issue,” a Bar spokesman said.
He said that it would be immoral and unethical on part of the association to accept the package when people like Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Sharieti, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, SAR Geelani and hundreds of other Kashmiri ‘freedom fighters’ were languishing in jails.
“At a time when people like Kanhaiya Kumar (JNUSU president) and Umar Khalid were arrested and detained for supporting Kashmir cause and lakhs of people have sacrificed their lives for freedom struggle, accepting any package from Prime Minister of India was morally wrong,” he added.
Recognizing the need for rebuilding the library, the Bar Association decided to raise funds on its own besides utilizing available resources. Accordingly a committee has been formed to collect contributions from Bar members.
On the occasion, Bar association president Mian Abdul Qayoom and two other lawyers—Mohammad Shafi Reshi and Manzoor Ahmad Dar, announced to contribute Rs. 1 lakh each for the library.
Other members— Abdul Ahad Rather, Qazi Javaid Iqbal, Tariq Ahmad Jan, Shabir Ahmad Budoo, Mudasir Gulzar Vakil, Nasir Shalla and Mrs. Arizoo Maqbool promised to contribute Rs. 10,000 each towards the library. Other members too vowed to contribute to the fund.