Srinagar, August 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on the second consecutive day, today, against the attempts by BJP-led government in New Delhi to repeal through its judiciary the Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution which guarantees special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and bars non-Kashmiris from buying property in the territory. Normal life remains paralyzed in Kashmir Valley, Chenab Valley Doda, Bhaderwah, Banihal, Thathri, Gandoh, Kishtwar, Kargil in Ladakh and Pir Panjal areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by High Court Bar Association, transporters and traders’ bodies. It is aimed at registering protests against the Indian conspiracies to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating the Article 35-A to pave way for the settlement of Indian citizens in the occupied territory. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are closed in Srinagar and other areas while public transport is off the road.
The occupation authorities continue to impose restrictions on the movement of people in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kral Khud police stations in Srinagar and in other areas. The authorities have also deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the territory to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations. Rail service between Baramulla and Bannihal towns remains suspended for the second consecutive day.
The Supreme Court of India is scheduled to hear a bunch of petitions challenging the Article 35-A today. A 14-member team of Kashmir High Court Bar Association led by the Bar President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, will seek dismissal of the petitions challenging Article 35-A in the Indian Supreme Court.
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