Elections in J&K futile exercise: Bar

Elections in J&K futile exercise: Bar
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Extends support to JRL strike call today

Srinagar: J&K High Court Bar Association on Wednesday termed holding of parliamentary elections in J&K “a futile exercise” and has extended support to the shutdown call given by Joint Resistance Leadership on April 11 and for respective areas on polling day.
The statement issued here said: In an Executive Committee meeting held here on Wednesday it was stated that in terms of the UN Security Council Resolutions of 1952 and 1957, holding of elections in the State are no substitute to the right of self-determination, guaranteed to the people of Kashmir by UNCIP Resolutions of 13.08.1948 and 05.01.1949 and also of those passed thereafter and will not in any manner constitute the final disposition of the State.
It was also stated that it would be both, in the interest of people of India and Pakistan to hold plebiscite in the State of J&K, in a fair and impartial manner, so as to give the people a chance to choose about their future in a democratic manner.
“The claims of repealing of Articles 35-A and 370 by the BJP will not also put the Kashmir issue on the backburner, as even after the repealing of those provisions of the Constitution, the UN Security Council Resolutions still hold the field as also reflected in the Proviso appended to Article 253 of the Constitution of India and both India and Pakistan are therefore bound to implement those resolutions and fulfil the promises and pledges made by their Leaders to the people of Kashmir at the International as well as Domestic level,” the Bar said.
It was also stated that for establishing peace and tranquility in the sub-continent and give the people a right to live a peaceful and honourable life, it is necessary for the leadership of both the countries to shun the path of violence and the confrontational attitude and instead, demilitarize the state to facilitate the holding of plebiscite in the State of J&K.