SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday issued a five-day protest calendar to defend Article 35A, and warned of “a complete agitation from the very moment” if the Supreme Court “issues any adverse order” onAugust 29, when the court will hear the petition challenging the Article.
“This is a matter of life and death for us and we will spill our blood to safeguard it,” Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a joint statement.
Issuing their protest calendar, the leaders said that before the Supreme Court hearing on August 29, the Kashmir Bar Association will hold a peaceful protest demonstration on Friday. “District bar associations will also hold protests at their respective places on the same day.”
On Saturday, the leaders called for “All civil society, trade bodies, religious and social organisations (to) organise peaceful protests.”
On Sunday, “Kashmiri diaspora in UK, USA, Europe, Middle East and Pakistan will organise protests. People of Azad Kashmir will also hold protest demonstrations on the same day.”
On Monday, “Kashmiris across (the world) will register their protest on social media by signing a petition. Students across Kashmir will also hold protests on the same day.”
On Tuesday, the day the Supreme Court hears the petition, “A complete and comprehensive protest strike will be observed throughout J&K and if (the) court issues any adverse orders in this regard, a complete agitation will start from that very moment.”
“As a living nation, Kashmiris fully know how to safeguard their dignity and whatever be the cost, we will resist every evil design of India which is detrimental to our sacred cause,” the leadership said.