Article 35-A: Observe shutdown on case hearing day, says JRL

   

Srinagar

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The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday said they are in constant touch with the Bar Association as the crucial hearing of Article 35-A is again scheduled for February 20 and 21.

In a statement issued to media, the JRL said the list of cases comes to fore in the evening a day before the case is listed for hearing, so whenever the case challenging the hereditary state subject law Article 35-A that has a direct bearing on the Kashmir dispute comes up for hearing before the Supreme Court, people will observe a complete protest strike.

The JRL said the shutdown on the day when the case about Article 35-A would be heard by the Supreme Court should send a clear message to entire India that any attempt to tamper with the J&K’s citizenship rights would not be tolerated, come what may.

The leadership said that the series of petitions filed by BJP/RSS activists before the Supreme Court is actually a move to change the demography of the State by allowing non-state residents to settle down here and change its Muslim majority character.

“This illegal and immoral plan in a place that is a world acknowledged dispute where people are struggling for the past 70 years for its just resolution, will be resisted by one and all with full might and determination, and at all cost,” the leaders said.

No power on earth can put Kashmiris into submission and make them give up their “legitimate and principled demand” as they have especially shown in the last 30 years, the JRL said.

The JRL said people should brace themselves and be ready to launch an “assertive campaign” united with all on board. “It’s an issue of our very existence,” the leadership said.

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