HC bar association protests HR violations in J&K
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 18:54
Srinagar: The High Court Bar Association today held a protest march here against what it called growing human rights violations in the valley and asked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to step down owning moral responsibility for the killing of innocent youths.

Slogan-shouting lawyers led by the President of the Kashmir HC Bar Association Abdul Qayoom and General Secretary G N Shaheen broke the police cordon outside the Sadder court premises and marched on the streets including Lal Chowk and Regal Chowk.

Addressing the protesting lawyers, Qayoom held NC-congress coalition government responsible for the killing of innocent youth and school going children and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

"Omar should take responsibility for the killings and step down as Chief Minister of the state", he said.

"Omar Abdullah is directly responsible for the innocent killings of Zahid Farooq, Wamiq Farooq, Tufail Ahmad Matoo, Javid Ahmad Malla and rape and murder of 12th class student Asiya and her sister-in-law Nelofar of Shopian. Omar must step down," the association General Secretary G N Shaheen said.

Opposing the appointment of Ashiq Hussain Bukhari as Srinagar's SSP, he said it will lead to fresh genocide of the youth.

"Appointment of Bukhari by so-called Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is a declaration of fresh genocide of the youth," he said.

Shaheen also said India and Pakistan have no legal authority to negotiate Kashmir waters.

"The indus water treaty between India and Pakistan is by international standards an illegal treaty and water resources of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be usurped by India and Pakistan by any mutual understanding or agreement," Shaheen said.


First Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 18:54

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