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Kashmir BAR Association defer elections

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By: Tariq Shah VOV


Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (J-K HCBA) has decided not to hold elections as the authorities have sent them several notices to explain their constitution in which they have shown Kashmir as a dispute to be resolved peacefully.

According to the senior lawyers of the high court, the decision of deferment was taken after the notices from the authorities and no fresh date has been fixed.

An election of Kashmir BAR Association was slated today, after the notices from the government they decided to defer them. District Magistrate Srinagar in his notice has asked the BAR Association to clarify its stand whether it sees Kashmir as “a dispute or an integral part of the country.”

Yesterday, a notice sent to the Bar Association read that Jammu and Kashmir HCBA has reportedly circulated a press note convening election for various office bearers of association at Srinagar on November 10. “The JKHCBA Srinagar constitute states the following as its first objective: to find ways and means take steps for resolving the issues concerning public at large including larger issues of peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute and for this purpose organize seminars, conventions, delegate its members to various places within and outside India to become members of other associations, bodies or forums which share common outlook with the associates,” the notice issued to the J-KHCBA had read.

“You are required to explain your position on the subject, since its not in the consonance with the Constitution of India, whereby J&K is an integral part of the country and not a dispute; and also in conflict with the advocates act 1961 which governs the subject vis-à-vis administrative legal points”.

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