Article 35-A hearing: JRL calls for valley-wide shutdown on February 13, 14

Srinagar:Β The Joint Resistance Leadership on Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on February 13 and 14Β over the late announcement and ambiguity of dates of hearing in the case of 35-A and 370 by Supreme Court on 13 or 14 of February.

In a statement, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said that the leadership is fully aware of the developments and is cautiously observing the situation and these tactics cannot deceive leadership or the people of Kashmir. It is an extremely critical issue of our very existence as a people and of our disputed status.

β€œPeople of Jammu and Kashmir will forcefully resist every challenge by New Delhi to change the demography of the State by rolling back hereditary state subject laws of 1927, being contested in the Supreme Court of India through their agents,” JRL in a statement.

JRL warned the authorities that if anything adverse to the interests of the people of J&K and its disputed status is announced through the courts a mass people’s agitation will be started instantly across the state and the responsibility of the consequences of that will be entirely on those forcing us to react.

Leadership said people of Kashmir are facing tremendous repression tyranny and hardships by virtue of being under forcible control but it should be clear by now to those arrogant in power that they cannot break our back and make us cow down before their might. Kashmiri’s have proved their mettle and resilience to India and the world over the last three decades by standing firm on their principled demand against a mighty military power.

JRL said that to protest and resist this viscous move a complete strike will be observed on February 13 and 14 and if any adverse order is announced leadership will announce a mass agitation there on.

They said that they understand that frequent shutdowns add to the hardships but it is imperative to register our strong protest in the wake of such threatening measures by the Indian state.

The hearing is scheduled in the Supreme Court on February 13 and 14 while the state government has requested the apex court t defer the hearing since there is president’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.


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