Bar, DeM denounce ban on JKLF

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Srinagar: J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar and Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM)on Saturday denoun¬ced the ban on Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by Yasin Malik.
In a statement, Bar termed the material relied upon for declaring JKLF as an “unlawful association” farfetched and imaginary and also contrary to the well-established principles of freedom of speech and expression and association.
“In order to register its protest against the banning of JKLF, the Bar Association supports the strike call given by Joint Resistance Leadership on March 24,” it said.
The Bar Association reiterated that peaceful demonstration is an attribute of right to free speech and assembly and a visible representation of the feelings or sentiments of an individual or a group and is permissible under international law, which governs the international relations between the communities.
“JKLF, which has adopted a path of non-violence and is seeking a peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of all the three regions of the State, cannot be therefore said to be indulging in activities and articulations intended to disrupt any kind of integrity of any country,” Bar said, adding, “It appears that it is only because of the ensuing parliamentary elections that JKLF has been declared as an unlawful association.”
The spokeswomen of DeM Rifat Fatima in a statement said: “Such repressive tactics have failed in the past and are bound to fail now as well.”
She said that New Delhi is trying to choke every voice of dissent in Kashmir. “Such voices are either crushed or jailed. The world is however aware that GoI is using its military might against the religious and political organisations in Kashmir with a sole aim to crush this pious and legal movement.”
Rifat also condemned the slapping of PSA against JKLF chief Yasin Malik and others.