Kashmiri lawyers protest against Jammu violence
Srinagar, August 13 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the legal fraternity held protest demonstrations in Srinagar, Islamabad and other areas of the territory against the anti-Muslim violence in Jammu region.
Hundreds of lawyers took out a protest rally in Srinagar, call for which was given by the High Court Bar Association. The lawyers assembled at Saddar Court Complex and when they tried to march towards the Press Enclave they were stopped at the main gate by a heavy contingent of police.
The lawyers addressing the procession held the pro-India political parties responsible for trouble in Jammu. The legal fraternity threatened to intensify the agitation if the authorities failed to ensure the protection of Muslims in the region.
Former Presidents of High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom and Nazir Ahmad Ronga, General Secretary of HCBA, Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, Ex General Secretary HCBA, G N Shaheen addressed the gathering.
The speakers said the Bar would not allow the repetition of the 1947 situation when Muslims in Jammu were massacred brutally. They demanded the disbanding of the so-called Village Defence Committees (VDCs).
Meanwhile, on the call of Bar Association work in the district courts of Islamabad, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian remained suspended. Terming the communal riots in Kishtwar and other areas in Jammu as an election ploy, the Islamabad Bar Association demanded the disbanding of the so-called Village Defence Committees (VDCs).
President the District Bar Advocate Fayaz Ahmad Saudagar while addressing the media persons in the town said communal elements were exploiting the situation for the petty political interests.
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