A seasoned Kashmiri politician and retired justice flayed a verdict of the Held Kashmir High Court on the status of the internationally-acknowledged disputed state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Abdul Majeed Mallick said that the truth of the matter was that the decision of J&K High Court was not appropriate regarding the true status of the Himalayan State.

Justice (r) Mallick, who also heads the right-wing Jammu & Kashmir Liberation League, observed that the court partly failed to uphold the complete independence of the occupied state.

Mallick emphasised that all the claims and loud shouting of India that the Jammu & Kashmir State was her (India) integral part was false, misconceived and derogatory to the acknowledged spirit of the UN Security Council resolutions.

“In fact, by virtue of Indian independence Act - 1947, the Jammu & Kashmir State acquires its independent sovereign status,” Mallick underlined. The Kashmiri leader continued, “Since then, Jammu & Kashmir State neither is part of India nor of Pakistan.” This position, he underlined, was acknowledged by India when it referred the matter to the United Nations Security Council.”

He said that in view of the acknowledgment of Jammu & Kashmir Security Council, the future status of the Jammu & Kashmir state shall only be settled through plebiscite in exercise of the right to self-determination by the people of the Jammu & Kashmir State.”

He recalled that on March 30, 1951, the United Nations Security Council had further resolved that neither political parties nor legislative assemblies of the state are entitled to dispose of the state as a whole or any part of it in derogation to the resolutions of the Security Council.

“The UN Security Council had further informed India through its resolution, passed on January 24, 1957 to desist from disjoining any part of the state and integrating it with India or integrating the state under its control with Indian Union,” he said.

Seminar sensitises public to piracy: Piracy is a serious crime and those involved in violation of copy rights are liable to stern legal action under prevalent laws in any country across the globe including Pakistan.

Speakers stated at a seminar on Intellectual Property Rights organised by the Oxford University Press, the other day.

They explained violation of intellectual property rights, saying that by bringing out fake publications and copying the publications of the Oxford University Press is a grave violation, adding that all such persons are liable to be penalised under the prevalent law of land. The conference also aimed at raising awareness among the masses, especially book readers, parents and students.

Deputy Inspector General Police (DIG) Mirpur Division Dr Khalid Chauhan was the chief guest on this occasion who delivered a detailed presentation on the topic. Oxford University Press Officials including Sohail A Bhatti, Senior Manager and Legal Expert Bilal Haider also addressed the seminar.

The ceremony was attended among others by the local publishers, book sellers, owners of the private schools and colleges, besides senior journalists including Muhammad Shakeel, Altaf Hamid Rao, President Kashmir Press Club, Arshad Mehmood Butt, Raja Sohrab Khan, Divisional Information Officer Mirpur Div Javed Mallick, Tariq Shakir, Khawaja Shahid Mehmood and others.