Lawyers abstain from work, protest against terrorist attack

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 12: On the call of the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, the lawyers abstained from judicial work today to protest the terrorist attack on Sunjwan Army camp.
The lawyers took out procession in the court premises raising slogans against Pakistan and the anti national forces responsible for the attack. The protest was led by the President of the Bar Senior Advocate B S Slathia and other office bearers of the Bar.
Speaking on the occasion, Slathia strongly condemned Pakistan for carrying on the policy of enmity against India and harboring terrorists on her soil and using them to threaten life of the people and security forces in J&K.
He also criticized National Conference legislator and former Speaker Mohd Akbar Lone for raising pro-Pakistan slogans inside the Assembly on the day when terrorists from Pakistan were killing innocent citizens and Army personnel inside the Sunjwan Army camp.
“The Bar has taken a very serious view of the failure of the present Coalition Government in saving the lives and liberty of the people and security forces”, he said, adding “there have been repeated terrorist attacks on the Army and police in the State but Government has failed to completely check the perpetrators of such attacks”.
Shockingly, the State Government facilitated lodging of FIR against the Army personnel who were forced to resort to firing in self defense when they were suddenly attacked by stooges of terrorists in theValley, the Bar president further said.
Stating that Bar will continue its protests tomorrow, Slathia has called upon the State and the Union Governments to take stem action against the anti-national forces as well as against the neighboring country to prevent them for repeating similar acts in future.
Meanwhile, Bar Association Udhampur, under the leadership of its president, Advocate Surinder Khajuria, held a protest demonstration against National Conference MLA Akbar Lone who had raised pro-Pakistan slogans inside the J&K Legislative Assembly.
All the advocates of District Court Udhampur suspended their works under the banner of Bar Association Udhampur and assembled in the District Court premises where they also burnt the effigy of NC MLA. The protesting Advocates were also raising slogans against NC MLA.
While addressing the gathering, Advocate Surinder Khajuria said it was a very serious matter and a criminal act of NC MLA Akbar Lone who raised pro-Pakistan slogans inside the Assembly. “It is more serious that BJP-PDP Collation Government remained mum over this heinous act of NC MLA,” he added and demanded registration of an FIR against the MLA.
The protesting Advocates also criticized Central Government for having no solid policy with regard to J&K and dealing with the terrorists.