Bar condemns, supports JRL shutdown call

Srinagar: J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar on Thursday condemned the civilian killings in Pulwama and Pattan and demanded that the international community and other human rights organizations should take notice and prevent India from violating the basic and inalienable human rights of the people of Kashmir.
The statement said: In a General Body Meeting of Bar, members expressed grief over the sad demise of Arshid Hussain Dar of Mirgund Pattan, who had sustained pellet injuries on Monday, when he along with other civilians were protesting against the kidnapping and rape of a 3-year-old girl, of Sumbal.
“The Bar members once again reiterated their stand that using brute force to muzzle the people or conducting elections in the State, is no solution to the Kashmir problem and that Indian Leaders should try to understand the ground realities and find out a solution to the Kashmir tangle in the light of the UN Security Council Resolutions, so as to bring an end to the sufferings and miseries of the people of Kashmir, who are at the receiving end for the last 70 years,” it said.
The Bar members also condemned the rape incident of a 16-year-old minor girl by a youth at Haran Ganderbal and demanded that the accused, who has been already arrested, should be tried by a fast track court and awarded exemplary punishment.
The Bar Association also supported the shutdown call given by JRL on May 17 against the killings, the statement said.