The Bar Association of J&K High Court on Wednesday threatened to withdraw its Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking ban on the usage of pellet guns in Valley, saying the people have lost faith in the court because it was doing nothing to stop the civilian killings.
After the state government sought more time to respond to the Kashmir High Court Bar Association’s plea on the usage of pellet guns by armed forces, the lawyers body said people will continue to die till it was “convenient for the government” to file its response.
“This court is just watching as a silent spectator. It is not so simple of matter that state will say ‘give us time’ and your lordship will go on giving them time,” Bar President Mian Abdul Qayoom said during a hearing of the plea. “We want to withdraw this petition because this court is not doing anything.”
The government counsel in the beginning of the court proceedings had sought more time saying the information has to be collected from all the district headquarters. “But most of the officials were busy in law and order situation. The record is being collected from each of the authority,” State’s Advocate General Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie said.
The lawyers’ body said the number of civilians killed by armed forces in Valley had risen to 65 from 34 since the writ petition was filed. “Kindly see to the nature of the cause. Let him take six months. The point is about whether the court will intervene to ask the government to stop the use of pellet guns,” said advocate Zafar Shah who is also representing Bar.
The court asked the state government to submit a status report about the number of injured and their treatment in different hospitals by Saturday. CRPF and BSF have responded to the PIL seeking ban on the use of pellets.