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PRESS RELEASE Bar observed complete strike on 01.12.2011

Bar observed complete strike on 01.12.2011
Today on 01.12.2011, as per scheduled program announced by the Bar Association complete protest strike was observed by the lawyers across the state of J&K. the work remain suspended in all the courts at Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Kulgam, Pulwama, Bandipora, Kupwara, Anantnag, Ganderbal and in other Mufassil courts across the valley. There was complete shut down in the High Court Srinagar. In Jammu region the work remained suspended in all the courts as per the schedule, in protest against the Govt. policy on three crucial issues including withdrawal of AFSPA and the state Govt. proposal for amendment in Jammu and Kashmir Cr.P.C. and RPC for incorporation of provisions of AFSPA, transfer of registration powers from Judicial officers to revenue authorities and diversion of lawyers quota in higher judicial services to the promotion quota of in-service judicial officers.
The members of the J&K High court Bar Association also held a protest rally in protest against the issues on which the programme was scheduled. The protest rally was lead by Advocate G. N. Shaheen General Secretary of the Bar Association addressed the rally and reiterated the demand of the Bar Association for complete and unconditional withdrawal of AFSPA and disturbed areas act from J&K and warned the Govt. for incorporating any amendment in Cr.P.C. of J&K for creating protecting cover to the armed forces because such an amendment will lead to disaster situation and will aggravate the human rights situation in HJ&K which is already on its worst ell. The Bar leader demanded that the notification for diversion of lawyers quota to promotional quota in judiciary be withdrawn unconditionally. The illegality of this notification is already observed by the Hon’ble High Court and has therefore staled its operations but the notification deserves to be withdrawn at the earliest without wasting any more time in the name of pendency of the matter before High Court.
The Bar members also demanded that the registration powers shall remain with the judicial officers and the state should desist from transferring the registration powers to the revenue authorities. In case the Govt. will not address these issues the Bar members will be forced to take further course of action in that eventuality. At this occasion the Bar leader appealed the international community to come forward for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute of Jammu and Kashmir and minimize the sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.