J&K Civil Society Coordination Committee on Saturday called for a state-wide shutdown on August 27 to protest “onslaught” on Article 35A and Article 370.
Addressing press conference at a local hotel here, Deputy Grand Mufti, Nisar-ul-Islam and Awami National Conference president Muzafar Shah said that it was a collective responsibility of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to protect Articles 370 and 35A.
“We have to protect these constitutional provisions. This is a litmus test for us. We must join hands to protect the state subject laws and resist any onslaught on them,” said Mufti Nisar-ul-Islam.
He said the people would not allow Kashmir to become “another Palestine and render the local population homeless.”
On August 6, 2018, the Supreme Court deferred the hearing on Article 35A till August 27.
Article 35A of the Constitution empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define ‘permanent residents’ of J&K and bestow on them special rights and privileges. It further empowers only residents of Jammu and Kashmir to get state government jobs and own immovable property in the state.
“We call upon the general public of Jammu and Kashmir to observe the general strike on 27 August as a mark of protest against the onslaught on Article 35A and Article 370,” the committee members said.
Others who spoke in this presser included chairman All Party Sikh Coordination Committee Jagmohan Singh Raina and advocate Mir Javaid and Awami National Conference president Muzaffar Shah.