Courts can’t settle political issues: Legal experts

Srinagar, December 29, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, legal experts have said that courts cannot settle the political issues. The legal experts said this while reacting to a Public Interest Litigation filed in a Delhi court challenging the non-applicability of any constitutional amendment in Kashmir without a presidential order under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. They said that it was being done to take away the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under the Article 370.

Leading Kashmiri lawyer, Zaffar Ahmed Shah in a media interview in Srinagar said, “From last couple of years it has emerged that political issues are being projected before courts under the garb of constitutionalism. Such approach doesn’t have public support. Issues which can only be decided in a democratic manner can’t be dealt with by the courts.”

Another renowned legal luminary, Advocate Altaf Ahmed Haqani said that courts were not to settle political issues. “After denying basic rights to the people of Kashmir now Government of India has been using courts to make inroads in Kashmir. It is a judicial incursion and unfortunately governments in Kashmir are acting as collaborators. The repeated PIL’s submitted in the courts challenging the remnants of special status of Kashmir is one more attempt from India to defeat the morale of people of Kashmir who have been demanding right to plebiscite,” he added.

Senior lawyer and President of Kashmir Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom, in a media interview said that no law passed by the Indian Parliament regarding the Jammu and Kashmir could be applied without the order of President of India in concurrence of the puppet administration.

“There are certain fields where government of India has no say. Conspiracies are being hatched by some Kashmiri Pandit groups residing outside Kashmir to create doubts about the unique identity of Kashmir. Earlier these Pandit groups challenged Article 35(A) and now they have filed a PIL in Delhi court challenging the non-applicability of constitutional amendments to Jammu and Kashmir. These Pandits groups, who work on the behest of BJP and RSS, are the real enemies of people of Kashmir,” he added.

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