SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association commemorated the 22nd anniversary of Advocate Jalil-ul-Qadar Andrabi on Tuesday. A daylong seminar was organised by the Association which was presided over by its president Mian Abdul Qayoom. The proceedings were conducted by the general secretary Advocate G. N. Shaheen.
A statement issued here said the speakers expressed their views on the topic ‘The Right of Self-determination & Persistent Human Rights Violations in Kashmir’ and said in unequivocal terms that Kashmir is a disputed territory on both sides of the ceasefire line and the dispute on J&K calls for a referendum for its solution on the principle of people’s right to self-determination.
“The United Nations Resolutions are bedrock of our freedom struggle and both India and Pakistan are under moral, political and international obligation to resolve the Kashmir issue by holding a free, fair and impartial plebiscite in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions dated 13.08.1948 and 05.01.1949,” the speakers said.
“Neither the paucity of time nor state repression can change the situation in J&K or subjugate the will of the people of J&K fighting for their birth right and vacation of the occupation. Kashmir freedom struggle is indigenous mass movement in nature and substance and it cannot be linked to any kind of terrorism. The Indian propaganda across the globe against the Kashmir freedom struggle is mischievous and based on falsehood and it is need of the hour to meet Indian propaganda at local and international level to dispel the misinformation and misgivings projected by the Indian media and the Government of India.”
The speakers according to statement added, “Kashmir has emerged as a major and worst human tragedy, as the state repression is at its peak and people are denied the basic rights even, as such, the international community including the United Nations Organization, Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other human rights organizations of the world should intervene to prevent the genocide of the people of J&K at the hands of occupation forces.”
The speakers who spoke on the occasion include M. A. Qayoom, President; G. N. Shaheen, General Secretary; Z. A. Shah, senior advocate; Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Chairman Tehreek-i-Hurriyat Kashmir; Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Chairman JKLF; Javid Ahmad Mir, leader JKLF; Mohammad Yaseen Attai, leader People’s League; Ex-President J&K HCBA Nazir Ahmad Ronga; Advocate Mohammad Ashraf Bhat; Advocate Bashir Sidiq; Advocate Arshad Andrabi; Professor Doctor Noor Mohammad Bilal; Professor Doctor Hameeda Nayeem; senior journalist Z.G. Mohammad; Moulvi Ghulam Nabi, representative of APHC (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.