Bar condemns arrest of Aasiya, her associates

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SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar has condemned the use of “brutal” force including bullets by government forces against civilians in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It also denounced the arrest of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, and her associates Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen.
In a statement, Bar said Aasiya and her associates were arrested on a “flimsy” charge of orchestrating student protest in Anantnag. It said holding demonstration and protests is a legal and fundamental right of every individual or a group of individuals.
“In the recent past, such kind of protests have not been held in Kashmir but all over the world, against the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl at Kathua and no one other than Kashmiris have been arrested and put behind bars even for such a peaceful activity which is highly shameful and deserves a strong notice by the peace-loving people of the world,” Bar said.
Meanwhile, in an executive committee meet, Bar Association paid tributes to the two “great” Islamic preachers, scholars, researchers, thinkers and philosophers – Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa (RA) and Dr. Allama Iqbal (RA) – on their anniversaries, for the contribution they made towards the understanding of Islam and its jurisprudence.
The members also expressed grief over the demise of Dr. Sajjad Reshi, the brother of Advocate Javad Reshi and Kashmir born British Judge Khurshid Drabu, who passed away on Saturday morning at Southampton hospital in London.