Complete shutdown observed in occupied Kashmir

Complete shutdown observed in occupied Kashmir
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SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir , complete shutdown was observed for the second consecutive day, on Monday, against the BJP-led Delhi government’s plans to abrogate Article 35-A of Indian constitution. 

The Article 35-A grants special rights and privileges to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and bars the non-Kashmiris from purchasing land and property in the territory.   

Call for the strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership and supported by legal and trader bodies and civil society organizations.

All shops and business establishments are closed in all major cities and towns of the territory.Train service remained suspended for the second day, today.

The shutdown was aimed at lodging protest against the hearing by the Indian Supreme Court of the petitions seeking repeal of the Article 35-A.

Meanwhile, Indian Intelligence agencies have warned the government of possible uprising in Jammu and Kashmir if the Supreme Court passes an adverse order on Article 35-A of the Constitution

On the other hand, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter held a protest rally in Islamabad, today, against the assault on Article 35-A.

Members of District Bar Association Kishtwar held a protest march in the town.

Police used brute force against protesters in Srinagar when they tried to march towards the United Nations office at Sonawar to submit a memorandum seeking the World Body’s intervention for the dismissal of the petitions challenging Article 35-A.

The protest was organized by the Kashmir Economic Alliance.  Police arrested many protesters including KEA central leaders Farooq Ahmad Dar, Ajaz Shahdhar and Haji Nazir Ahmad Zargar.

In a statement in Srinagar, the Joint Resistance Leadership  said that the unequivocal, united and unanimous verdict by the people of Chenab Valley, Pir Panjal, Kashmir and Kargil against the planned attack on the identity of Jammu and Kashmir should serve as an eye opener for Indian rulers and policy makers.

APP

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