Civil society outright rejects proposed police bill in IHK
Srinagar, March 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, members of civil society have said that the proposed ‘Police Bill 2013’ is aimed at giving arbitrary power to the police for legalising oppression against people by India and its authorities in the territory.
The members of the civil society expressed these views while addressing a seminar on ‘Martyr Jaleel Andrabi and Police Bill 2013’, which was held in Srinagar. Eminent lawyers, civil society members and writers addressed the seminar.
The HCBA President, Z A Qureshi said that the bill was directed to perpetuate human rights violations on those seeking right to self determination for the Kashmiris.
Former President of High Court Bar Association (HCBA), advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom said that the proposed bill was aimed at empowering police to arbitrarily arrest and harass the Kashmiris.
Another former President of HCBA, Zafar A. Shah argued that the bill was drafted by those “who don’t accept Kashmir as a dispute.”
He said the Kashmiris had rejected the bill as the people were fighting for a larger cause and did not consider pro-India politicians as the representatives.
Senior lawyer and brother of Shaheed Jaleel Andrabi, Advocate Arshad Andrabi said, “The forces have been committing rape, torture, killings under the garb of democracy.” He said that there was no democracy in Kashmir and intention of the authorities was just to suppress the people.
Ex-HCBA President, N A Ronga said that by introducing the police bill, the authorities wanted to justify their illegal actions through police.
Another lawyer and former HCBA office bearer, G N Shaheen described the bill as replica of draconian AFSPA.
Former General Secretary HCBA Bashir Siddique, Mir Hafizullah, Hameeda Nayeem, Abdul Majeed Zargar, Neelofar Masood, Nahida Nasreen, Zamruda Habib, , Altaf Ahmad, Shakeel Qalandar and Javid Iqbal also spoke on the occasion.
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