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Bar condemns Asiya, aides shifting to Delhi by NIA, endorse JRL strike call for tomorrow   

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Srinagar: Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar on Friday strongly condemns the arrest of Asiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Sofi Fahmeeda and their shifting to New Delhi without informing any of their family members.

The lawyers body has also endorsed strike called by the JRL and has urged its members to abstain from courts tomorrow.

“J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar, strongly condemns the arrest of Asiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Sofi Fahmeeda in FIR RC 17/2018 when they were in Central Jail, Srinagar in judicial custody under the orders of a Court from Anantnag and their shifting to New Delhi without informing any of their family members and their subsequent production in the Court of Special Judge, NIA Patiala House Court, New Delhi, who has reportedly remanded all the three to 10 days police custody without considering the falling health of Asiya Andrabi and the teenage of Fahmeeda Sofi, a young and an unmarried girl, with a direction to produce them before the Court again on 16.07.2018 and describes the same a worst kind of human rights violation,” reads a statement issued by the lawyers’ body.

“The Bar Association maintains that by shifting Asiya Andrabi and others to New Delhi, the Govt. of India wants to intimidate, humiliate, terrorize and torture the freedom loving people of Kashmir and their leaders so that they succumb to the pressure and give up their demand for their inalienable right of self-determination, for which they have been fighting for the last 70 years.”

At a time when United Nations Human Rights Council has taken a strong notice of the human rights violation in Kashmir and has demanded that the Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of the people by implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions, the lawyers’ body said the arrest, detention and lodging of Asiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Fahmeeda Sofi, in police custody in New Delhi, is highly deplorable.

Lawyers’ body also demanded that all the three activists of DeM, who have been illegally, unlawfully and unconstitutionally shifted to New Delhi be released forthwith and in order to settle the core issue of Kashmir the people be given chance to decide their future in an impartial plebiscite to be conducted under the auspices of United Nations.

The Bar Association has also decided to support the JRL Call given for Saturday so as to show their solidarity with Asiya Andrabi and her two associates and also register its protest against the misuse of power and authority by NIA officials in shifting the three ladies to New Delhi. “It has also been decided to request all the members to abstain from court work, tomorrow.”

 

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