Article 35-A: Kashmir Shuts On JRL Call

Protests across Kashmir in Support of Article 35-A

SRINAGAR — Life in Kashmir Sunday came to a standstill due to a complete shutdown called by Joint Resistance leadership (JRL)  against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35-A.

The situation across the valley is peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere so far, officials said.

Shops and business establishments were closed across the Valley while all kinds of transport remained off the roads due to the strike called.

JRL has called for a two-day strike — today and tomorrow — as Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a PIL challenging the validity of the Article 35-A tomorrow.

The state government has filed an application before the Registrar of the Supreme Court, informing that it is going to seek adjournment of the hearing of the petition in view of the “ongoing preparations for the upcoming Panchayat and urban local body and municipal elections in the state”.

The officials said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir for maintaining law and order.

Various organisations included Bar Association, transporters and traders’ bodies have extended support to the shutdown call of the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.

Protests have been held across the length and breadth of Kashmir over the past few days with mainstream parties like the National Conference and PDP also holding rallies in support of continuing Article 35-A.

Article 35-A bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

Train services have been suspended in Kashmir Valley for today and tomorrow in view of a strike, a senior railway official said today.

The official said there are apprehensions of law and order problem in the valley, hence train service will remain suspended for two days on August 5 and 6.

Meanwhile, Amarnath yatra was today suspended from Jammu in view of the shutdown

A police official said the yatra was suspended from here as a precautionary measure in view of the strike called by JRL.

A few hundred pilgrims camping in Jammu to join the yatra to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas were not allowed from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp this morning, the officials said. 

Protests across Kashmir

Peaceful protests were held today across Kashmir against the legal challenge to the validity of Article 35-A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.

The protesters wowed to defend the constitutional provision, that bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir acquire any immovable property in the state.

Traders organisations took out a protest march and held a sit-in at Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk in support of continuation of Article 35-A.

Similar rallies were held at Zadibal, Karfali Mohalla, Rainawari, Anchaar, Dalgate, Rambagh, Khanyar and Parimpora in the city, officials said.

Peaceful rallies were taken out at several places in other districts and towns of the valley, they said.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear pleas challenging the validity of the Article 35-A on Monday.

The state government has filed an application before the Registrar of the Supreme Court, informing that it is going to seek adjournment of the hearing of the petition in view of the “ongoing preparations for the upcoming panchayat and urban local body and municipal elections in the state”.
 

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