Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday warned of massive agitation if the special rights accorded to the state by the Constitution of India were taken away.
The Hurriyat chairman made the comments as the Supreme Court is set to hear this month a petition challenging the validity of Article 35A.
The statement said: Mirwaiz while addressing the Friday congregation in the city’s Jamia Masjid stated that any move aimed at changing the demography of the State will be resisted with “tooth and nail”.
“Tinkering with Art 35-A will have a huge bearing on the disputed nature of the State and our movement for self-determination,” he said, adding: “The leadership is watching this issue with concern and will lead the people’s agitation if any move to roll back these provisions is allowed.”
People also have to remain alert and updated on these developments, he said.
“Joint Resistance Leadership is in consultation with all on this matter and is looking at the form of protests that will be observed against it and people will be informed on it very soon,” Hurriyat chairman said.
The statement further said that Mirwaiz also castigated at the authorities for slapping three youth of Bandipora Tauseef Lone, Abdul Samad and Suhail Parray under PSA and shifting them to Kotbalwal prison in Jammu, terming it “highly authoritarian move”.
He said that “such injustices are pushing our pushing youth to take up arms and when the same youth are killed in gunfights, the authorities hails these killings terming it as ‘Badi Kamyabi.”’
Mirwaiz also launched the year 2019 – Hijri calendar by Anjuman- e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid sponsored by Mirwaiz Foundation, the statement reads.