Bar condemns shifting of Asiya Andrabi, her aides to Delhi

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Srinagar, Jul 6: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar, has strongly condemned the shifting of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi, and her associates Nahida Nasreen and Sofi Fahmeeda, who had been detained at central jail Srinagar, to New Delhi.
In a statement, Bar said shifting the women leaders 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 is the “worst kind of human rights violation”.
“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,” the statement said.
“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 arrest, detention and lodging of Asiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Fahmeeda Sofi, in police custody in New Delhi, is highly deplorable,” it added.
The Bar Association 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.
Meanwhile, in a meeting held here on Friday, the Executive Committee of the Bar Association has decided to support the JRL call given for 7 July 2018 to show their solidarity with Asiya Andrabi and her two associates and also to register 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 on Saturday, the statement said. (GNS)