Kargil Shuts Against Attempts To Tamper With Article 35-A

KARGIL — A complete shutdown was observed across this Himalayan town on Monday against attempts to fiddle with Article 35-A of the Constitution of India which guaranties special status to J&K State.  The strike call was given by influential Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust.

There was near total response to the call with markets closed, transport off the roads and virtually zero attendance in offices.

Traders bodies and  social and religious organisations of Kargil like Anjuman-e- Jamiatul Ulma-e-Asna Ashria, Anjuman-e- Sahib Zaman and Anjuman-e- Ahle Sunnat-wal-Jammat, Kargil had supported the strike call.
“Today’s successful strike manifests the determination of the people of Kargil to up hold their constitutional rights and their resolve to continue struggle for safeguarding Article 35-A and Article 370”, IKMT said in a statement adding people of Kargil irrespective of cast, colour, creed or religion will never accept any onslaught on Article 35-A. 

“Being situated in mountainous border area of the state and having limited resources, it will be economically detrimental for the people of Kargil and the people of State as a whole, if the Constitutional provision of Article 35A is abrogated or removed. The state subject law shall not be allowed to fiddle with”, it further said.

NC Counsel Makes Presentation At SC

The National Conference council, Joydeep Gupta made a presentation at the Supreme Court in defense of Article 35-A after the party’s intervention plea was filed earlier.

“Our counsel, Advocate Gupta made an elaborate and effective presentation at the Supreme Court today and the Hon’ble Judges agreed to hear all parties. We are closely monitoring the case and our team of lawyers are leaving no stone unturned to present the constitutional facts and realities in an effective manner. We will continue to defend the State’s special status at every juncture”, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said.

Kishtwar Lawyers Stage Protest 

Amid shutdown, the lawyers from District Bar Association Kishtwar Monday held protest march against the assault on Article 35-A that bars non-state subject to buy property and settle in Jammu and Kashmir.

Large number lawyers who were joined by locals hold a protest march. The protesting lawyers were carrying placards with slogans in favour of retention of Article 35A.

The speakers during the protest appealed people of the state to come and join hands against any tinkering with the special status enjoyed by the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.

The protesting lawyers said that they want to make it clear to the Government of India that any attempt made to change the special status of the state will be vehemently resisted.

Earlier a resolution was passed by the District Bar Association Kishtwar in a meeting held under the chairmanship of general secretary Kuldeep Sharma. (CNS)

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