City Rises In Support Of Article 35-A

SRINAGAR — To show unity for safeguarding the State Subject Law, the people on Friday staged protests against what they termed as the threat to Article 35-A.

Soon after the end of Friday con­gregational prayers, people at sev­eral places in Srinagar city staged protests against the attempts to abrogate Article 35-A. Holding ban­ners and placards, the protesters demanded preservation of Article 35-A, which guarantees special rights to the residents of the state.

Hurriyat Conference (G) ac­tivists staged a protest at Jamia Masjid Hyderpora here and chanted slogans in favour of Ar­ticle 35-A.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led a protest after the culmina­tion of Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in old city here to protest against the move what they call is aimed at changing the demography of the state.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation front (JKLF) chairman, Muham­mad Yasin Malik also led a protest here at Abi Guzar Bund to protest against the scrapping of Article 35-A.

Meanwhile, the business com­munity in South Kashmir’s An­antnag district also staged a pro­test march against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A.

The Anantnag traders under the banner of Traders’ Associa­tion Anantnag assembled at Lal- Chowk and marched towards Court Road while shouting slo­gans and holding placards.

The protest was also held in Poonch area where the locals assem­bled outside the Masjid and chanted slogans in favour of Article 35-A.

The protesters demanded pro­tection to the Article 35-A.

At Hazratbal shrine where Dr Kamal Farooqui discussed the his­torical perspective of the article 35-A urged the people to protest against the possible tampering of the provision in order to safeguard the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “The gov­ernment of India is hell bent to change the demographic nature of the state and we shall fight it tooth and nail,” Dr Kamal told a slogan-rainsing 50,000 strong gathering.

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