Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bar to forge united front against HR abuses

Srinagar, Feb 09: The Jammu Kashmir High Court Bar Association Tuesday called a meeting of separatist leadership on February 13 to chalk out strategy for response to the killings of civilians, human rights violations and assured legal help to the family members of victims.Bar is scheduled to convene a special meeting on February 13 and has invited the separatist parties to participate.“We’ll deliberate on the prevailing situation and continued human rights violations in the State. The recent killings will be the immediate context to the meeting,” Qayoom told Rising Kashmir.At least seven civilians were killed allegedly by troopers and police from January this year.Stating that people would never surrender the aspirations and sentiment, Qayoom said: “People could never be silenced with force.”Qayoom urged New Delhi to take steps for the peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute. “The resolution must be according to the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”Meanwhile, a delegation of Bar Association led by the President Mian Qayoom visited the residence of Wamiq Farooq, 13, of Rainawari who was killed by police on January 31 and Zahid Farooq, 16, of Nishat who was killed in an unprovoked fire on February 5 allegedly by BSF men.Expressing solidarity with the family members of Wamiq, Qayoom said: “Killing of the innocent children is an act of the oppressing troopers and administration to harass young generation and suppress their resistance sentiment.”Qayoom assured the family members of Wamiq complete legal help to plead the case. “We’ll provide every possible help to the family members of the innocents killed recently.”

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