Kashmir lawyers association calls off yearly elections

The lawyers association in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday cancelled its yearly election days after local authorities barred it from holding polls until clarifying whether it saw Kashmir as a "disputed" or integral part of India.

Based in the regional capital Srinagar, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association general meeting resolved to deal with these "impediments," foreign an ad hoc committee until elections could be conducted.

On Nov. 9, Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary issued three notices to the president of the association, asking the body to explain its constitution, which describes Kashmir as a disputed area.

The magistrate barred the lawyers body from holding any elections until it clarified its position and asked them to submit the relevant documents, including the article of the association and registration papers.