Article 35A Row: Police Foils Protest March in Lal Chowk

SRINAGAR — Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) staged a demonstration on Wednesday in support of Article 35A that bars outsiders to seek jobs and purchase property in Jammu and Kashmir.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, traders fraternity assembled at Lal Chowk to lodge their protest where they held a peaceful sit-in.

As soon as protesters marched towards High Court police stopped them near Jehingir Chowk.

Talking to reporters Kashmir Economic Alliance Co-chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar said that their amalgam wanted to stage a peaceful protest and submit a memorandum to Chief Justice Jammu Kashmir High Court. He said a judicial assault is being launched by some vested interest elements for cheap publicity. “It is a direct attack on the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir,” Dar said.

   Dar said that the protest is aimed to warn the government over attempt to abrogate Article 35-A in the state. “We won’t allow the government to abrogate Article 35-A in the state at any cost as the Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and is enjoying its own constitution and powers, he said.

Besides, Dar, Chairman Muhammad Yousef Chapri, Vice Chairman Ajaz Ahmed Shahdhar and others were part of the protest.

 Rickshaws to to stop plying 

All Kashmir Auto Rickshaw Drivers Association has directed all the auto drivers to make Aug 30 and 31 strike call successful. The Association has said auto rickshaws will not ply on roads and will follow the call of Joint Resistance Leadership in letter and spirit against attempts to abrogate Article 35A.

Showkat Ahmed, President All Kashmir Auto Rickshaw Drivers Association said that being the part of the society it is an obligation and duty of rickshaw drivers to follow the strike call given by JRL in support of Article 35A.

 “We always support strike calls but there are some people mostly government employees who operate during strike days. It is not our fault. This time we have a common cause and we are one among the 27 organizations that are supporting the program forwarded by Joint Resistance Leadership,” Showkat said.




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