Article 35-A hearing: Resistance leadership calls for shutdown on August 5, 6

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Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership on Sunday called for a shutdown on August 5 and 6 to protest against a “politically-motivated” move to abrogate Article 35-A.

The leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik met today to deliberate “serious challenges posed to Article 35-A”.

After the meeting concluded Mirwaiz in a series of tweets warned of an agitation if the Article 35 –A, which defines permanent residents of the state, was tinkered with.


“(We) want to make it clear to GOI any and every attempt made at changing the demographic nature of the state will be stiffly resisted. In touch with all segments including legal fraternity, traders, civil society, academia. There is complete unanimity and cohesion among all with regard to resisting & fighting this serious assault together. 5th and 6th of August a complete protest strike will be observed throughout (Jammu and Kashmir), people will register their total disapproval &resistance to this politically motivated move,” said the Mirwaiz, in a tweet.

He also appealed to the people to take part in the agitation against “this assault” in case the leadership was arrested.

“People should to be ready as there is every apprehension of a mass crackdown against leadership & political activists by the ruling dispensation and we may be gagged arrested and jailed, in that case JRL appeals people to be strong& carry forward the agitation against this assault,” he said.

The Supreme Court of India is hearing two petitions challenging the validity of the Article 35 A on August 6.