Speakers pay tribute to Adv Andrabi
Srinagar, Mar 27: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Tuesday commemorated the 22nd Martyrdom Anniversary of Advocate Jalil-ul-Qadar Andrabi, with the expression of solidarity with the mission of the martyrs and reaffirmation and commitment to pursue the Kashmir cause.
A daylong seminar was organized by the J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, presided over by the President M. A. Qayoom and the proceedings were conducted by the General Secretary, Advocate G. N. Shaheen.
The speakers expressed their views on the topic “The Right of Self-determination and Persistent Human Rights Violations in Kashmir” and said in unequivocal terms that Kashmir is a disputed territory on both sides of the ceasefire line and the dispute on J&K calls for a referendum for its solution on the principle of People’s right to self-determination.
While emphasizing the importance of people’s right to self-determination, the speakers said that United Nations Resolutions are a bedrock of our freedom struggle and both India and Pakistan are under moral, political and international obligation to resolve the Kashmir issue by holding a free, fair and impartial plebiscite in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions dated 13.08.1948 and 05.01.1949.
The speakers said that neither the paucity of time nor state repression can change the situation in J&K nor could subjugate the will of the people of J&K fighting for their birth right and vacation of the occupation. Kashmir freedom struggle is indigenous mass movement in nature and substance and it cannot be linked to any kind of terrorism.
“The Indian propaganda across the globe against the Kashmir freedom struggle is mischievous and based on falsehood and it is need of the hour to meet Indian propaganda at local and international level to dispel the misinformation and misgivings projected by the Indian media and the Govt. of India. Kashmir has emerged as a major and worst human tragedy, as the state repression is at its peak and people are denied the basic rights even, as such, the international community including the United Nations Organization, Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other human rights organizations of the world should intervene to prevent the genocide of the people of J&K at the hands of occupation forces,” the speakers said.
The speakers who spoke on the occasion, include M. A. Qayoom, President; G. N. Shaheen, General Secretary; Z. A. Shah, Senior Advocate; Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Chairman Tehreek-i-Hurriyat Kashmir; Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Chairman JKLF; Javid Ahmad Mir, Leader JKLF; Mohammad Yaseen Attai, Leader People’s League; Ex-President J&K HCBA Nazir Ahmad Ronga; Advocate Mohammad Ashraf Bhat; Advocate Bashir Sidiq; Advocate Arshad Andrabi; Professor Doctor Noor Mohammad Bilal; Professor Doctor Hameeda Nayeem; Senior Journalist Z.G. Mohammad; Moulvi Ghulam Nabi, representative of Moulana Omar Farooq, APHC (M) Chairman.
Senior Advocate Z. A. Shah advocated for trust and purposeful strategy to carry forward the freedom struggle to its logical end and said that freedom is a long path and we have to identify our weaknesses and strategize the things.
Mohammad Yaseen Malik, while paying tributes to Jalil Andrabi said that leaders are discharging their revolutionary duties and “we have forged a grand alliance, which is a landmark on the part of the leaders. The leaders are giving sacrifices alongside the common man and we have to pursue the cause with all seriousness.”
Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai, while paying tributes to the martyrs said that “we need a broad based unity in rank and file to pursue the cause of freedom. But while pursuing the cause for realization of right to self-determination we must not shy away from the principled foundations of Islam. We have to strategize the things on proper application of mind and display of political wisdom.”
He said that it is better to forge a unity with a purpose and for a cause in light of 1993 APHC constitution.
He emphasized the fact that it is not only the leaders, who are giving sacrifices but it is the common man who is also giving sacrifices and these sacrifices are supreme and above all other considerations.
Sehrai said difference of opinion is bliss in Islam but the difference should not lead to confrontation. “We have unity but it is little bit fractured, we should have solid unity as we face a strong opponent,” he said.
Advocate Arshad Andrabi, detailed out the events of kidnapping, custodial killing and judicial apathy in bringing out the murderers of Jalil Andrabi to book. He said at all steps there was denial of institutional justice in the case of Shaheed Jalil Andrabi.
General Secretary, G. N. Shaheen said that the Kashmir is a dispute on both sides of the ceasefire line and Kashmir dispute calls for a referendum in accordance with the United Nations Resolutions.
He said that the Kashmir dispute has inherent potential to disturb the peace in the region as two insatiable nuclear powers India and Pakistan have locked horns against each other on the dispute of Kashmir.
Shaheen said that Kashmir issue is an international dispute and the international community has moral and political obligation to intervene in preventing the further escalation of tension between the two countries and stop the human rights violation in the State of J&K.
In his presidential address, M. A. Qayoom, Advocate, thanking the guests and the speakers, expressed solidarity with the martyrs and the Kashmir freedom struggle and promised that the Bar Association will pursue the Kashmir cause with more vigor and practical wisdom.
While paying tributes to Jalil Andrabi, A.Q. Sailani, Peer Hussam-u-din, Sheikh Mohammad Hussain, Abdul Gani Bhat, Mohammad Sultan Bhat, Mohammad Abdullah Rather, Altaf Ahmad and others, said that these martyrs are the torch bearers and lawyers have absolute realization of their sacrifices and are committed to carry forward the mission of martyrs.
He said that Kashmir issue is an international dispute, which deserves to be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K and the universally accepted and governable principle of people’s right to self-determination.
“We appreciate the efforts of unity at all levels and in the past we have done it to forge a purposeful unity in the ranks and files of the Kashmir freedom struggle,” he said, adding that the Indian stand on Kashmir that Maharaja Hari Singh having executed the instrument of accession, therefore the Kashmir is an integral of India has been rejected by the Security Council by passing 28 resolutions on Kashmir latest being the Resolution no. 1172 dated 06.06.1998, adopted at the 3890th meeting of the United Nations urging upon both India and Pakistan to settle the core undecided conflict of J&K and report the steps taken towards its implementation, to the Security Council.
He said that India should understand the ground reality in Kashmir and not to beat about the bush in full filling its pledges and promises made both inside and outside the Parliament, so that there is an end to the bloodshed in Kashmir, which has been going on for the last 70 years unabated. (KNS)