IIOJK authorities put Kashmir Press Club re-registration on hold

Srinagar, January 14 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have put the re-registration of Kashmir Press Club (KPC) – the premier representative body of the journalist in Kashmir – into abeyance following directions from Srinagar district authorities on Friday.

The management body of the KPC on Thursday via a statement to media informed that the re-registration under Society Registration Act 1860 has been completed and said the election would be held on 15 February 2022 to form a new representative body.

The elections of the KPC were due in July 2021 as the term of the previous executive committee ended on July 14 after completing its two-year term. The KPC has since then been without a representative body.

The re-registration of the club was granted by the Registrar of Societies and Firms on 29 December 2021 that had cleared the way for elections to form a new representative body.

On Friday an order from the Registrar of societies ordered that re-registration granted under number 7427 – S of 2021 is hereby kept in abeyance till the receipt of the final report from Additional District Magistrate Srinagar. The order has come as a surprise for many journalists in the region as the decision may result in keeping the club without a representative body for an unspecified time.

The KPC management termed putting re-registration into abeyance as “unfortunate” and said, “It has advertently stalled the election process for the new body that was set in motion”.

The club has called a meeting of its management body as well as the Executive Committee members on Saturday (tomorrow).