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Bar Association condemns the arrest and detention of pro-freedom leaders, their supporters including more than 500 youth

The J&K High Court Bas Association while reiterating its election boycott appeal, strongly condemns the arrest and detention of pro-freedom leaders, their supporters including more than 500 youth, who have been arrested over the past few days and detained in police stations, which has triggered widespread resentment, panic and fear among the people. The Bar Association feels that though Director General of Police and others had assured the people that no one will be arrested for propagating election boycott, but on ground, hundreds of youth, old, infirm and sick have been arrested from their homes and elsewhere, in the name of maintaining law and order and detained in police stations unlawfully. The police has not even spared an Imam namely Bilal Ahmad Bhat who had been leading prayers in a local Masjid at Tangmarg for long eight years. A bank employee namely Aijaz Ahmad of Hajijn was called to police station and detained on a flimsy ground of being involved in pelting of stones. Though there have been protests all over the valley against these arrests and detentions, but instead of releasing those who have been arrested, the police is arresting more and more people to muzzle their voice and stop them from carrying on the anti-election campaign to make the farcical election drama a success.

The Bar Association requests the International Community to take serious notice of the happenings in Kashmir and come to the rescue of people of Kashmir and save them from the onslaught of Indian occupational forces and their puppets in Kashmir.

The Bar Association also condemns the verdict of an Egyptian court who has sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood Chief, a 70 year old Mohammad Badie and his 682 supporters to death on the false accusation of being involved in killing and murdering of a Policeman in southern Minya Province on August 14, 2013, when security forces violently disbanded sit-ins held by ousted President Mohammad Morsis supporters and killed thousands of them in clashes in Cairo. The court should have proceeded against those who killed innocent civilians, but instead of doing so, it has sentenced to death the supporters of Muslim brotherhood to suppress their voice. The same court had earlier sentenced to death 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, but the death sentence of 492 of them was today commuted to life imprisonment. The police has also arrested 16,000 Islamic Brotherhood supporters since the military ousted Morsis Government which had swept the elections which saw the fall of military dictator Husni Mubarak in 2011. The Bar Association feels that the arrest and detention, farcical trial and sentencing of Islamic brotherhood supporters is also an attempt on the part of military to allow Army Chief Al-sasi to succeed in the ensuing so called Presidential election slated to be held on 26th/27th of May, 2014.

The Bar Association in the case of these innocent civilians sentenced to death, also requests the Islamic world and the International community to intervene fast and save the life of these innocent Islamists, from the barbaric punishment of a military dictator.

Mohammad Ashraf Bhatt,

General Secretary,

J&K High Court,

Bar Association.