The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has written an open letter to the Chief Justice of India, explaining the reasons behind strike called over the summoning of Bar President Mian Qayoom to the headquarters of National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The letter signed by the secretary of the Bar association Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen said that they believe the notice issued to the Bar president by the NIA is more than what meets the eye.
The communication said that Mian Abdul Qayoom is a known figure in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and has been in practice for last more than four decades.
It said that his belief based on the constitutional history of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, that Kashmir dispute is in urgent need of a solution.
“Mian Abdul Qayoom represents the voice of the people and has been fairly active in pleading their cases in Conferences, Seminars, courts etc, more recent are the cases pending before Supreme Court of India like the ban on the use of pellet guns”.
The letter further said that a new policy has emerged of involving men of consequence in criminal cases so as to prevent them from urging the cause of the people.
“People are first summoned as witnesses and thereafter by sheer manipulation of the material, gathered during the investigation, arrayed as accused and jailed, for Years together even in some cases without trial”.
The communication further denies any ownership by the Mian Abdul Qayoom in various parts of the state as portrayed by the media.