Srinagar, July 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has constituted a high-powered legal team to examine the constitutional validity of National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 and its application to Jammu and Kashmir and suggest ways and means for providing necessary legal aid to those booked by NIA and after their arrest have been taken to New Delhi.

The HCBA in its Executive Committee meeting held in Srinagar, today, discussed various issues concerning the people of Kashmir particularly relating to the misuse of the provisions of the NIA Act by the NIA authorities and harassing the Hurriyat leaders and activists in occupied Kashmir.

The legal team comprises ZA Shah, ZA Qureshi, Bashir Ahmad Bashir, RA Jan, Altaf Haqani, Mushtaq Ahmad Makhdoomi, Syed Manzoor, GA Lone, Arshad Andrabi, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Reyaz Khawar and Muhammad Shafi Reshi. The team has been advised to hold its sitting immediately and finalize the filing of an appropriate petition before the High Court as expeditiously as possible.

The Executive Committee members also expressed concern over the extension of Statistical Data Bill to occupied Kashmir and described it one more attempt by the Indian government to impose its authority and perpetuate its illegal hold on Kashmir by use of dubious methods and decided to make people aware about its consequences.

The HCBA members also condemned the ransacking of the house of a mujahid, Tauseef Sheikh, of Rampora Kulgam and beating of the inmates of the house and causing damage to the household goods.

The lawyers’ body urged the world human rights organizations to take notice of the gruesome acts of human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir and put pressure on India to stop brutalizing the Kashmiri people.

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