J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, on Thursday lauded the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharief, which he made in joint session of Parliament on Wednesday.
Sharif affirmed that Pakistan has a firm commitment to continue its support to Kashmiris for their legitimate struggle and that the world powers should ensure that UN resolutions on Kashmir are implemented in letter and spirit, by granting right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir.
A statement issued by Bar said that lawyers condemned the arrest and detention of Asiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda Sofi and their lodgement in District Jail Baramulla under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), a law “which has all along been misused by the ruthless authorities to silence and subjugate the people of Kashmir”.
“The Bar Association feels that the slapping of PSA on Asiya Andrabi and lodging her in a jail at Baramulla will not break her determination from espousing the genuine cause of people of Kashmir as she has been doing in the past. Asiya Andrabi who is seriously ill and besides having breathing problem, is also suffering from arthritis, has been detained many a times under PSA and even once she has served one of the terms of her period of detention with her son, Mohammad, who was nine months old at that time, at JIC Jammu and Central Jail Jammu from 05.02.1993 till end of 1994. After her release, since her staying at home was made impossible by police, therefore, she had to remain underground along with her son till 1999 where after when she was again arrested and booked under POTA, leaving her two sons without any one to look after them. Asiya was released in 2004, but was arrested in the year 2005 and booked under PSA. In 2006 she was released but again she was arrested in the year 2007. She was released in early part of 2009, but in May, 2009 when Asiya and Neelofar of Shopian were murdered, she was again arrested and detained under PSA and lodged in Amphalla Jail Jammu. She was released in 2010, but was again arrested after a couple of months and detained under PSA and was lodged in Central Jail Kotbalwal Jammu. She was released after about two years, but thereafter in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, she was arrested many a times and booked in many cases and lodged in different police stations of the valley. After the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, she had again to go underground because her house was raided many a times by the police and it is about after three months, she has been arrested by the police and not only booked under Unlawful Activities Act, but reportedly detained under PSA and lodged in District Jail Baramulla. There is therefore, nothing new in her detention under PSA, except that she is now seriously ill and is on medication,” the statement said.
Bar condemned the continued house arrest and detention of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Advocate Mohammad Shafi Reshi, Advocate Zahid Ali, Qazi Yasir and other pro-freedom leaders.
It denounced the arrest of more than 7000 innocent Kashmiris, both old, young and in-between and going by the situation in Kashmir impresses upon the world community including the Human rights organizations and their activists, to take notice of the happenings in Kashmir and “put pressure on India to stop killing, blinding, maiming and also arresting, torturing and humiliating” people of Kashmir and ask India to settle the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir, as otherwise it being a flash point, it will burst anytime and devastate the entire region.
Meanwhile as an act of solidarity, the statement said, a three member team of Bar Association, headed by Bashir Sidiq its General Secretary, visited the house of ailing Javaid Ahmad Mir, who was operated in his eyes in Delhi and as per Doctors advice has to go for further treatment to Delhi in the month of November, 2016.