Article 35-A Hearing: JRL calls for shutdown on Aug 26, 27

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Srinagar: As the Supreme Court is hearing the Article 35-A case on August 27, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown on August 26 and 27.

In a statement issued here, the leadership said that as part of its continued efforts with regard to the course of action to jointly protest and resist the petitions filed in Supreme Court by RSS/BJP-backed organisations challenging the 1927 hereditary state subject law of J&K, the deliberations and discussion are going on with all segments of society during the course of last few weeks.

“The sinister motive behind this move is to change the demographic composition of the disputed state and hence undo both its disputed nature and implementation of right to self-determination,” the leadership said adding it has deliberated with members and representatives of all segments and sections of society including the minority community, the business fraternity, chamber of commerce, civil society, hoteliers, traders, lawyers, academia, education sector, transporters from taxi, auto, sumo, shikara associations and many others .

All segments of people unanimously express their serious and urgent concern over this issue which poses a grave threat to the very existence of the people of J&K and their commitment to go to any extent to protect the law and protest this “mischief”, the JRL said.

“The members of all communities said that they were ready to cooperate and work with the leadership in this hour of crisis that has been thrust upon them,” the JRL said adding it is also in touch with religious and social organisation of the state who are completely with them on this and have assured their full cooperation.

The JRL said that during these deliberations, it was decided that a two-day complete protest bandh will be observed across the length and breadth of the State on August 26 and 27 when the case is coming up for hearing in the Supreme Court.

“In case any untoward decision is given by the Supreme Court, a mass state-wide agitation will commence therein, the consequences of which will be direct responsibility of the Indian state for instigating people,” the leadership said, adding, “It was also decided that till August 27, the protest programs against tinkering with the law will be held by all segments of society, the details of which will be announced by them in a joint press conference.”

During the discussions, it was also decided that efforts to reach out to all regions and sections of the State on this critical issue from Chenab valley to Kargil will continue, the JRL said. (GNS)

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