JRL warns of mass agitation if Article 35-A tinkered with

JRL warns of mass agitation if Article 35-A tinkered with
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Calls for strike on August 5 and 6

SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Sunday warned of launching “a mass agitation of hitting and occupying streets” if Article 35-A is tinkered with “under a legal garb”, saying those perpetuating such “mischievous ploys” against people of J&K will be responsible for the consequences.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik also called for complete protest strike on August 5 and 6, asking people to register “total disapproval and resistance to this politically motivated move”.
The Supreme Court will on August 6 hear a petition on challenging the validity of Article 35-A of the Constitution of India which empowers the state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to them.
A statement issued here said Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik met on Sunday at Hyderpora here and discussed the “serious challenge” posed to Article 35-A in the Supreme Court of India.
JRL said they are fully wary of “this one more serious assault” launched against the people of Kashmir by the powers in New Delhi.
“The attempt to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir and insidiously destroy its disputed nature has always been on the agenda of BJP/RSS and the challenge to 35-A in the Indian Supreme Court is a serious part of that plan,” it said.
“Once hereditary state subject laws are done away with, it will pave way for settling outsiders in Jammu and Kashmir in hordes. And, as part of the BJP/RSS plan, Kashmiris will become a minority in their own land and that day will not be far when like Palestinians Kashmiris will be pushed to the margins of their land and rendered homeless.”
JRL said “we want to make it clear to Government of India that Kashmiris will not take this attack on them lying low”. “Any and every attempt made at changing the demographic nature of the state will be stiffly resisted. They (New Delhi) can kill us or detain us, but we won’t succumb to pressure tactics. (We’re) even ready to sacrifice our lives and face detentions to safeguard people’s interests and the disputed nature of the state,” it said.
The leadership said in this connection, they have been in touch with all segments of society including the legal fraternity, traders, civil society members, academia and others. “There is complete unanimity and cohesion among all with regard to resisting and fighting this serious assault together,” it said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik praised the “resilience and courage” of people and asked them to “be ready as there is every apprehension that as always, there may be a mass crackdown against leadership and political activists by the ruling dispensation”.
In that case, the leadership appealed people to be strong and carry forward the agitation against this “assault”.