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Kashmir/India: Lawyers booked for comparing Afzal Guru, Maqbool Bhat with Baghat Singh

February 21, 2018

Lawyers booked for comparing Afzal Guru, Maqbool Bhat with Baghat Singh

Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered an FIR against lawyers and their agents for pasting posters in the Saddar Court Complex here on February 9 wherein a comparison were drawn between Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, Muhammad Afzal Guru and Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Chander Shekhar Azad.

According to police “the posters had message: Maqbool and Bhat are heroes of Kashmir, while Bhaghat, Sukhdev and Azad were the heroes of India.”


Taking strong note of the posters, police station Batamaloo registered a case against some lawyers and their agents under section 13 of Unlawful Activities Act. “Police station received information from credible sources that some lawyers and their agents had pasted posters of Bhat and Guru wherein they were termed as heroes of Kashmir; Singh, Sukhdev and Azad were declared heroes of India,” reads the FIR.

The FIR, a copy of which is with Greater Kashmir, further states that pasting the posters of Guru, Bhat and militants on the walls of court complex amounts to challenging the sovereignty of India and hence those involved need to be booked under section 13 of the UAA.

A police source said the issue has been taken very seriously by the top brass of police and investigations are afoot to identity the “lawyers involved in the act.” “Police team from Batamaloo is probing the matter seriously,” he said.

He said the posters were removed and seized by the police and it is being investigated wherefrom they were printed. “We are sure to find out who was behind the act,” he said.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, general secretary of Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA), advocate G N Shaheeen, said that registering an FIR is nothing new for the Bar. “We believe almost every citizen of Kashmir has been booked under this Act for raising voice against the forcible control of New Delhi,” he said. “First of all, on February 9 there was complete strike and no lawyer was present in the court. We don’t know who pasted these posters. Lodging FIR against lawyers is a non-issue.”

President Lawyers Club Kashmir, advocate Babar Qadri, said, “Open FIR is always like a sword that hangs on the heads of lawyers. My appeal to the HCBA president is not to remain silent on the police FIR and instead fight it out.”








Kashmir/India: KP lawyers boycott courts to protest killing of colleague’s family members, medical student

February 2, 2018

KP lawyers boycott courts to protest killing of colleague’s family members, medical student

The legal fraternity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday boycotted courts to protest the brutal killing of family of a lawyer in a blast and murder of Asma Rani, the medical college student, after she refused a marriage proposal.

The lawyer community stayed away from court proceedings across the province. The lawyers observed the strike on the call of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

Like other districts of the province, the lawyers in Peshawar also stayed away from courts. They demanded the provincial government to arrest the killers of the family of lawyer Gul Nawaz Khan Advocate killed in a landmine blast in Kurram Agency and Asma Rani. The lawyers also demand Shaheed Package for the family members of the lawyer in a terrorists attack.

Reportedly, the family of the lawyer was traveling from Muqbal area near the border to attend a funeral in Upper Kurram’s Basu area when their vehicle hit a landmine killing three women, two minor girls and three men on the spot. The car was destroyed in the blast.

In Peshawar, the lawyers leaders, including President of the PHC Bar Association, Arbab Usman, General Secretary Rahmanullah Khan, former joint secretary Kashif Jan and President of the Peshawar Bar Association, Fazl-e-Wahid condemned the brutal killing of the lawyer family and Asma Rani. They offered Fateha for the departed souls of the deceased persons.


Kashmir/India/Rafto Prize for Human Rights: Two Kashmiri activists receive Rafto Prize for human rights on Sunday

November 3, 2017

Norway’s prestigious Rafto Prize for human rights will be conferred here to two prominent human rights activists, Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahangar,from disputed Jammu and Kashmir, Sunday, November 5. Both the Kashmiri activists will be speaking at the ceremony titled, ‘Voices of Kashmir – Defending Civilians in a Heavily Militarized Zone.’


Parvez Imroz is co-founder of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and non-violence. The JKCCS has documented the Indian authorities´ use of torture in Jammu and Kashmir and published several reports, being used as reference document worldwide. Parvez is a veteran lawyer and has survived an assassination attempt.










Kashmir/India: Rafto Prize for two human rights activists from Kashmir: Here’s what it means to them

September 29, 2017

Two long-time human rights defenders Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahangar have been awarded the prestigious Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize, popularly known as the Rafto Prize, for human rights this year.

The past recipients of this award include Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Shirin Ebadi, both of whom went on to win the Nobel prize for peace.

In its statement, the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights said the award was given to the duo for their “decades of campaigning for human rights in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Their long campaign to expose human rights violations, promote dialogue and seek peaceful solutions to the intractable conflict in Kashmir has inspired new generations across communities,” the foundation said.

Speaking about Parveena Ahangar, the foundation said that she “protests against enforced disappearances and challenges the perpetrators of violence”. Similarly, the foundation praised Imroz as “a lawyer and a leading intellectual who uses the law to ensure fundamental human rights and equality before the law in Kashmir”.

On his part, Imroz sees the award as an acknowledgement of the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir by the European civil society.

Imroz has already received the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights prize in 2006 given by the Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux, France, and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE). The award has earlier been conferred to Nelson Mandela.

The duo will be traveling to Norway in November to receive the award and also get a chance to interact with the various civil society groups in the country.

“We will use this opportunity to create some more awareness about Kashmir. And tell the world that the overriding challenge in Kashmir is not terrorism but the massive humanitarian fallout of the thirty years of the conflict,” Imroz said.


J&K activist, lawyer awarded Rafto Prize



Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz in Kashmir awarded Rafto Prize 2017



http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/le-prix-rafto-attribue-a-deux-militants-indiens-des-droits-de-l-homme-957073.aspx (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.callplt2006.htm  (FRANCAIS)

http://www.eldiario.es/politica/Activistas-derechos-humanos-noruego-Rafto_0_691531107.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.vol.at/indische-menschenrechtsaktivisten-erhalten-rafto-preis/apa-1438400188 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.dunyabulteni.net/manset/408627/kesmirli-aktivistlere-rafto-insan-haklari-odulu (TURKCE)


Kashmir/India: Joint leadership supports today’s shutdown call

September 24, 2017

Joint leadership supports today’s shutdown call

Joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday extended its support to the shutdown called by traders and transporters on September 25 (Monday) against the NIA summon to a Kashmiri business leader Muhammad Yaseen Khan and others.

“New Delhi is using the National Investigation Agency as a war weapon to harass oppressed and suppressed people of the state,” the leadership said in a joint statement.

Criticising the Enforcement Directorate for filing a chargesheet against Shabir Ahmad Shah, the three leaders termed it as “sheer political vendetta.” The trio criticised the NIA for issuing notices and summoning the traders’ leader Muhammad Yaseen Khan, Haji GhulamNabi, Agha Syed Hassan, Kashmir University scholar AalaFazili, DrNaeemGeelani, DrNaseemGeelani, photograph journalists (sic), Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Shah Wali Muhammad, advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom, Muhammad Shafi Rishi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and university students.

“The NIA is framing fabricated cases against pro-freedom leaders to defame the freedom movement as part of pre-planned psychological crackdown so that they (leadership and activists) surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation,” the leaders said.





(N.B. Muhammad Shafi Rishi is also a  lawyer)


India/Kashmir: Mian Qayoom comes home, lawyers call off strike

September 9, 2017

Mian Qayoom comes home, lawyers call off strike

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 9, 2017

Lawyers across Kashmir boycotted court work for four consecutive days from 4th to 7th September 2017 against the summoning of the President of High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA), Advocate Mian Qayoom by NIA (National Investigation Agency). The lawyers at Srinagar court complex as well as the High Court had also staged protests under the banner of JKHCBA. They were even supported by all the District and Mufassil Bar Associations of Kashmir.

The NIA has claimed that they are probing into whether the funding of separatists from terrorist outfits was being used to fuel violence in the valley (FIR No. RC-10/2017/NIA/DIL) and has hence issued summons to Advocate Mian Qayoom. However since the past few months on this pretext, the NIA has been targeting lawyers in the valley. In July, the houses of Advocate Devinder Singh Behl from Jammu was raided. On August 16th, the residence of Advocate Mohammed Shafi Resh was raided in Baghat, as part of twelve raids conducted by the NIA in Srinagar, Baramulla, and Handwara. Advocate Resh is a member of the Bar and also represents the pro-freedom Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani. Meanwhile, Doda based lawyer, Babur-ul-Islam Nehru remains in custody since 22 July 2017.

As reasons for going on strike, the HCBA in its letter to the CJI, has mentioned its apprehensions and suspicions, stating that though Mian Qayoom has been summoned as a witness, they have reason to believe that there is more than what meets the eye. The notice had been issued under Section 160 Cr.P.C., Proviso wherein it requires NIA to record the statement of a witness at his place of residence if he/she is less than 15 or more than 65 years of age. Qayoom is more than 65 years of age.

However, this particular targeting of lawyers like Mohammed Shafi Resh and the President of the JKHCBA has to be viewed in the background of the recent decisions of the HCBA. On July 28th, the HCBA had constituted a “high powered” legal team to examine the constitutional validity of NIA Act, 2008 and its application to the State of J&K and suggest ways and means for providing necessary legal aid to all those who have been booked in FIR No. RC-10/2017/NIA/DIL by NIA, taken to Delhi after arrest and remanded to police custody. This was decided by the Bar Association in the interests of issues concerning the people of Kashmir, more particularly the one relating to the “misuse” of the provisions of NIA Act by NIA authorities in “terrorising, arresting, humiliating and harassing” the pro-freedom leadership and their activists. The HCBA had also taken a stand before the Supreme Court with regard to the use of pellets in Kashmir and is also defending Article 35-A of the Constitution of India in a petition filed by an NGO Court calling for it to be struck down. It is hence imperative that the recent summons issued by the NIA/Central Government on the head of the HCBA be viewed as an act of vindictiveness to suppress and harass anyone (in this case a Lawyer’s Association) who dare challenge the authority of Delhi.

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) strongly condemns the illegal and unwarranted raid on the residence of advocate Resh and views the summons issued to the High Court Bar Association President, Mian Qayoom as an act to suppress, harass and demonise the Kashmiri lawyers in general and a Bar Association in particular. It is also an attempt by the NIA to browbeat the parties in the litigation process by attacking lawyers who have been staunch defenders of Article 35A of the Constitution of India and the rights of Kashmiri people. IAPL demands, that the NIA immediately stop all raids, summons and criminal proceedings directed against Kashmiri lawyers in connection with FIR No. RC-10/2017/NIA/DIL. IAPL also extends its solidarity to the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri lawyers protesting against the unwarranted and unconstitutional authority of Delhi.


Advocate Surendra Gadling,
General Secretary,
Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL)

(IAPL – Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Facebook)