SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar has strongly refuted the assertion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the development, development and development alone, is the solution to the Kashmir problem and that the onus of taking Jammu and Kashmir on the path of development is on the youth.
In a statement, Bar termed Modi’s remarks as illogical. “The Bar Association maintains that though the right to development is an inalienable human right and is promised by almost all the international covenants including the Declaration on the Right to Development adopted by the UN General Assembly on 4 December 1986, but when people are denied the right of self-determination and there is harassment, intimidation, blinding, killing of innocents and deliberate disregard for the civil and political rights of the people and thousands are detained without trial in jails, both inside and outside the state, only for their political belief, the slogan of development is merely humbug and is going to achieve nothing.”
Bar said unless the core issue of Kashmir is settled according to the wishes of the people, no amount of development in any one of the three regions of the state is going to solve the Kashmir problem.
“It is therefore, in the interests of people of India, Pakistan as well as people of Kashmir, that Government of India takes concrete steps to settle the core issue of Kashmir in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and the promises and pledges made by its leaders to the people of Kashmir so that durable peace and tranquillity is established in the region,” Bar said. “It should be also remembered that economic development is no substitute to the right of self-determination and development.”