Kashmir shuts against abrogation of Article 35-A

Following the shutdown call by the separatist leaders, most shops and business establishments were shut across Kashmir on Saturday. Thin traffic movement was witnessed on roads.

Earlier, separatists on Monday had called for a shutdown on Saturday to protest what they termed attempts to abrogate Article 35-A of the Constitution and other issues. People are appealed to observe a shutdown on Saturday, August 12 against the attempts to abrogate the state subject law (Article 35-A) which has been in vogue here for centuries, separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik said in a joint statement in Srinagar.

They warned the Centre and the state government of a protest agitation if attempts are made to fiddle with Article 35-A. If these plans are not stopped, then we will appeal to people to come out and start an agitation, the statement said.

The shutdown call has   prompted the authorities to impose restrictions in parts of Srinagar, the summer capital.

Most of the shops and other business establishments in Srinagar were closed.


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