JRL terms Chenab valley shutdown over attempts to abrogate Article 35 A as heartening

Srinagar

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday said that unequivocal, united and unanimous verdict by the people of Chenab valley region, Pir-Panjal Region, Kashmir valley to Kargil against “planned attack” on the identity and distinctiveness of Jammu Kashmir in the garb of 35 A, should serve as an eye opener for rulers and policymakers.

The spokesman in a statement while terming the unity among the people of Jammu Kashmir on state subject law and unprecedented protest as heartening, leaders said that on JRL’s call people in Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Baderwah, Kishtwar, Kargil to Kashmir valley staged exemplary protest against moves intended at abrogating or tinkering with the hereditary state subject law in the garb of 35 A .

The spokesman said that through this exemplary protest people of Jammu Kashmir have raised their voices against any move or act that is intended to wane, weaken, abrogate or tamper with the national identity and distinctiveness of Jammu Kashmir and have in unequivocal terms and with one voice announced their verdict that no resident of Jammu Kashmir will accept any such move or judgement.

JRL said that though police chief of Jammu Kashmir has announced to allow protests regarding 35A but from the evening of Saturday police and other forces started a fresh spree of “nocturnal raids”, arrests and other measures. Police, as usual, have kept ailing veteran leader Syed Ali shah Geelani under House arrest and have placed leader Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq under house arrest too.

The spokesman claimed that police last evening raided the residence of another JRL leader Muhammad Yasin Malik who already had gone into hiding to evade arrest. Moreover police have arrested or house arrested many other leaders and activists including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghluam Nabi Sumji, Agha Syed Hassan, Hilal Ahmad War, Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Bilal Ahmad Sideequi, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Molvi Bashir Ahmad, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Yasin Ataie, Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Bashir Ahmad Butt, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Muhammad Ishfaq Khan and others while as police raided many others houses too.

Meanwhile on JRL call, people in large numbers today gathered at Lal Chowk and offered Funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militants and civilian of Kupwara and Shopian.

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