Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute, which even has been acknowledged by the Parliament of India, and the pledges made to Kashmiris by Indian leaders including first Indian Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru bear testimony to the fact of it being a dispute that needs a resolution.

While reacting to the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict in which it had said that Kashmiris were citizens of India and that Jammu Kashmir had no vestige of sovereignty outside the constitution of India, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement termed the verdict of no consequence. The JKLF Chief said no parliament or court can change the status of a disputed territory by passing any law or verdict and when people of a land resolve to strive for freedom, court verdicts and laws never succeed to break their will.

Yasin Malik said that “Great Britain kept India under its occupation for more than two hundred years and British laws and courts used to call India as integral part of British Empire but Indian independence in 1947 exterminated all those laws and verdicts.” He strongly condemned the ongoing oppression in Kashmir. Terming the situation in south Kashmir as act of vengeance, he said that the regime was taking revenge from the common people of Kashmir especially in south Kashmir and have left their forces and police open to terrorize people in what so ever manner they intend to.

Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in an Executive Committee meeting in Srinagar expressed its serious concern over the judgment of the Indian Supreme Court, handed down by the court on Friday in an appeal filed by Indian State Bank against the judgment of the High Court of occupied Kashmir, whereby it had held that the provisions of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI Act), are not applicable to J&K and therefore, the notices issued by the Bank under section 13 of the SARFAESI Act, are invalid.

The member Association also expressed its surprise over the statement of Shri Sunil Fernandes, who represented the territory before the Supreme Court, stating that because the very application of the SARFAESI Act to J &K was debatable in the context of Article 370 of the Constitution of India. The Bar members also condemned the re-arrest of Aasiya Andrabi in a false and frivolous case.

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