Friday, June 25, 2010

Lawyers in Kashmir Stage Pro-Freedom March

Fayaz Wani
Srinagar:Lawyers on Thursday took out a pro-freedom march in Indian-administered Kashmir to protest against the growing human rights violations being allegedly perpetrated by Indian troopers in the region. Carrying placards and banners, the lawyers including some female lawyers marched through busy streets in the city centre. Chanting pro-freedom, pro-Islamic and anti-India slogans, the protesting lawyers were against Indian troopers and the policemen involved in killing of Kashmiris. Addressing the lawyers, Kashmir Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom vowed to continue the struggle for 'right to self determination.' "This struggle is pious. Every person, from children, to old men and women has made sacrifices. Now it is our responsibility to safeguard it and take it to logical conclusion," he said adding "The United Nations has passed a resolution to allow us to decide our own future and everybody should fight for it. The world body should intervene and pressurize India to stop human rights violations being perpetrated by its soldiers in Kashmir," he said. The Bar president condemned the police crackdown of the separatist leaders. "Police have arrested 80 year old separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani--this shows the frustration of government," he said. He demanded release of all Kashmiri prisoners languishing in Indian jails, withdrawal of Indian soldiers from Kashmir and handing over of all national natural resources to Kashmir.

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