Srinagar: The united resistance leadership on Tuesday announced an amendment in the protest programme, exempting lawyers from the strike in view of thousands of pending habeas corpus pleas.
“There are thousands of habeas corpus cases pending for hearing. Leadership said that in view of winter vacation of the courts, lawyers are requested to help out the cases of these detainees,” said a spokesman of the joint leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
“Despite court orders most of these political prisoners are not released and the cunning administration is making a joke of its own judiciary,” he added.
More than 10,000 people were arrested during the military and police crackdown on the uprising. Many of them have been released on bail since.
Earlier, when the resistance group squeezed the weeklong strike call to two days, lawyers were exempted too. The calendars were issued since July 8 when the killing of young rebel commander Burhan Wani triggered a massive public uprising against the state.