PRESS RELEASE 23.11.2018: A team of the members of J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, headed by its President Mr. M. A. Qayoom, Advocate and besides him, comprising of M/s Aijaz Bedar, Vice President
A team of the members of J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, headed by its President Mr. M. A. Qayoom, Advocate and besides him, comprising of Mr. Aijaz Bedar, Vice President; Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, General Secretary; Adil Asimi, Joint Secretary; Mr. Mufti Mehraj-ud-din, Executive Member; Mr. Altaf Haqani, Executive Member; Mr. Arshad Andrabi, Executive Member and Mr. Bashir Sidiq, Member, met a Norwegian and Belgium Delegation headed by Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister and Executive Chair of OSLO Centre, Norway, an internationally recognized Democracy Assistance Centre, with activities in eight countries viz. Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Myanmar, the Kyrgyz Republic, Ukraine, Nepal and Mangolia and besides him, which included Mr. Ewald Poeran, Managing Director, World Forum for Ethics in Business, Belgium and Mr. Inge Andersen, a Senior Consultant, the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, today at SKICC Srinagar and discussed with them the long pending dispute of Kashmir and the worst kind of human rights violations which are taking place in the State at the hands of Indian forces, only because of the non-resolution of the said dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions. The delegation members were told that Indian Security forces have been killing, blinding and maiming Kashmiries from the year 1947 in general and from 1990 in particular, without any fear of accountability or reprisal as the J&K Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, provides them the immunity from being prosecuted and punished. The delegation members were also told that the State authorities are also making rampant use of Public Safety Act and Kashmiries are being arrested and detained under the said law and are lodged in jails, far away from their homes, including the jails located outside the State, making the meeting of their families, friends and relatives impossible with them. They were also told that so far more than 2 lakh people have been killed and thousands and thousands have been maimed or blinded with impunity. They were also told that courts are passing bail orders and are also quashing orders of detention, but the Govt. officials are not obeying the court orders and when the disobedience of the court orders is brought to the notice of the courts and the concerned, no action is taken against the guilty. They were also told that the PSA is misused by the authorities to such an extent that people are slapped with the detention orders, one after the other and even in one case the person has been detained under the said law for 37th time from the year 1990 till date, which is unheard of in the history of preventive laws. They were also told that even women are not spared of their arrest and detentions, irrespective of their age and the state of their health and are now booked in cases registered in Delhi and elsewhere to lodge them in Tihar Jail, New Delhi and to make their release impossible. The delegation members were also told that all this is being done, to silence the people in submission and force them not to ask for their right of self-determination, which has been promised to them by the United Nations as well by the Indian Leaders both inside and outside the Parliament. The delegation members were told that the people of civilised world owe an explanation to the people of Kashmir for their silence and for their failure to put pressure on India to stop human rights violations in Kashmir and settle the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. The delegation members were also told that since they have come to Kashmir and have met different groups of people so as to know the ground reality of Kashmir, as such when they are back they should impress upon their respective Govts. to play their role in settling the Kashmir problem so that peace and tranquillity is restored in this part of the world and the possibility of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan is averted forever.