The Kashmir High Court Bar Association Sunday expressed concern over the prevailing situation in the state, claiming that unprecedented deployment of forces and advisories to Amarnath pilgrims, tourists and students have given rise to speculations about the possible abrogation of the state’s special status.
During an executive meeting, held here at District Court Complex, Moominabad, Batamaloo, Srinagar, the members stated, “There are at least four constitutional bench decisions of the Supreme Court where was held to be constitutionally valid. The constitutional precedents of the Supreme Court, therefore, prove that there is no scope for abrogating Article 370 or tinkering with Article 35-A, as it would constitute a deliberate, intentional and willful disobedience of the apex court’s orders.”
The Bar members also stated that Kashmir is a political dispute and needs to be settled politically and not militarily, keeping in view the wishes and aspirations of the people.
The members urged India and Pakistan to devise ways and means to de-escalate tension in the region and hold tripartite talks.