Srinagar: Valley observes a complete shutdown on a call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on February 13 and 14 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.
Shops, businesses establishments and educational institutions remained closed and traffic is off the roads in Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir. However, private vehicles could be seen plying on some routes.
Government offices witnessed very thin attendance. Police imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to prevent any protest. Forces have been deployed on the roads and in sensitive areas to prevent any protests as the two-day showdown started today.
Reports reaching QNS said that a complete shutdown was also received from other districts of the valley.
In a statement, JRL comprising of octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch 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 Kahsmir. It is an extremely critical issue of our very existence as a people and of our disputed status.
The hearing is scheduled on February 13 and 14 while the state government has requested the apex court to defer the hearing since there is president’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.