Article 35A: JRL Ups The Ante 


Says Mass Agitation Will Commence If Any ‘Untoward Decision By SC; Calls For Strike On Aug 26, 27

SRINAGAR — ‘Joint Resistance’ Leadership on Friday called for a two-day strike from August 26 over the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35A and warned of a mass agitation across Jammu and Kashmir in case of any “untoward decision” by the apex court.

Article 35A, incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, confers special status to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, and bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, said the decision to call for strike was taken after deliberations with all stakeholders.

“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,” the JRL said in a statement.

The separatists said, “In case any untoward decision by the Supreme Court, a mass statewide agitation will commence.”

“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.

The apex court has listed the matter for hearing in the week commencing August 27.

“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. “We are also in touch with religious and social organisation of the state who are completely with us on this and have assured their full cooperation.”




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