J&K High Court Bar Association Thursday rejected the Prime Minister’s Relief Package of Rs 50.00 lakh, sanctioned for High Court Bar Library.

In a General Body meeting, held in Lower Court Complex, at Sanat-Ghar Bemina Srinagar that lasted for about three hours, it was stated that accepting any relief package from Prime Minister of India was contrary of the Bar Association’s previous Resolutions and the stand of the Association on the issue of Kashmir.

A statement issued here stated, “at a time when Dr Mohammad Qasim, Dr Mohammad Shafi Sharieti, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, Prof SAR Geelani and hundreds of other Kashmiri ‘freedom fighters’ were languishing in jails and even Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid were arrested and detained for supporting the cause of the people of Kashmir and lakhs of young and old people, both male and female have given their lives to the freedom struggle, accepting any package from Prime Minister of India for High court Bar Library was immoral and unethical and against the very stand of the Bar Association.”

“Accepting any concession, in whatever form, from Prime Minister of India or other departments of the Government of India would be an act of treachery which will be not only against the tenants of Islam but also against the cause, for which a dozen of Bar members have given their lives, so far,” the statement said.

It statement added, “it is true, that due to the floods of September, 2014, the High Court Bar Library has completely been washed away and there was a need to rebuild the said Bar library so that the junior members of the Bar Association will get benefitted, but it was agreed that the Bar Association should not accept any package from the Government of India for the said library and instead, it should utilize its own resources and contribute to the Bar fund, so that the said library is established once again.” “It was accordingly stated that when such an alternative was available with the Bar, it should reject the package in one voice.”


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