September 9, 2017
Kashmir-based lawyers will resume work in courts on Saturday after Mian Abdul Qayoom, President of the Kashmir High Court Bar Association, returned to Srinagar on Friday morning after facing the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi.
Joint Secretary of the Bar, Advocate Anwar-ul-Islam, told Kashmir Reader that a general body meeting of Bar members was held at the High Court in Srinagar wherein it was decided to “resume work in courts from tomorrow”.
“The Bar president presided over the meet and thanked his colleagues and all district bar associations and mufassil court lawyers for support and solidarity,” Islam said.
Qayoom, 67, was summoned by the NIA to New Delhi on September 6 as a witness in the agency’s investigation into alleged funding from Pakistan to Kashmir for “subversive activities”.
The NIA summons to the Bar president led to sharp opposition from the lawyer fraternity, who suspended work in all courts across Kashmir from Monday.
Although Qayoom was within his rights to ask the NIA to record his statement in Srinagar, he instead flew to Delhi to face the investigators who included high-ranking officials of the NIA.
“We returned to Srinagar after boarding 7:15 am flight from Delhi and Qayoom drove to the High Court from his home later to attend the meeting, which lasted for two hours up to 1 PM,” said a lawyer who was part of the 8-member team that accompanied Qayoom to Delhi.
To resume work in courts, the aggrieved lawyers had demanded “honourable return of Mian Abdul Qayoom from Delhi”.
“The Bar called off the strike and will meet next on September 12 to chalk out future strategy,” Islam said.
September 10, 2017
At least 22 people in the eastern province of Van were detained as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement on Friday.
The detainees included teachers, lawyers, engineers, police officers and muezzins. Muezzin is a person tasked to call people to mosque for prayers through minaret.
The suspects are accused of using ByLock, a smart phone application that Turkish authorities believe was widely used as a communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement, accused of being behind a failed coup last year.
The movement denies involvement in the abortive coup.
Meanwhile, 14 others including teachers, academics and police officers were detained over similar charges in Cankiri province on Saturday.
September 9, 2017
The assassination attempt on Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) President and opposition Chief Whip Tundu Lissu has reignited the hot debate over cases of attacks which blamed on “unknown” or “unidentified” people and in almost all cases the attackers remain at large.
On Thursday, unknown people sprayed 28 to 32 bullets at Lissu’s vehicle in Dodoma and five of the bullets wounded the lawmaker in the latest of the many shocking incidents that left the nation guessing over who the assailants were or what their motive was.
Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba yesterday ordered the police to investigate Lissu’s shooting but the opposition party Chadema leaders demanded a broader inquiry into cases where the so-called unknown people attacked individuals, police investigated but no report ever came out about the attackers. Chadema’s Secretary General Dr Vicent Mashinji told reporters at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the tendency of terming the attackers “unknown people” is now becoming too monotonous for the nation to bear.