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‘Ambiguity’ over Art 35-A hearing: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown today, tomorrow

Srinagar, Feb 12: The Joint Hurriyat leadership on Tuesday called for shutdown on Wednesday and Thursday (February 13 and 14) to protest and resist the “late announcement and ambiguity over the dates of hearing on 35-A.”

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Mailk called for a complete shutdown to protest and resist this “viscous move” and threatened a mass agitation if any adverse order is announced.

 

“Leadership said that they understand that frequent shutdowns add to the hardship already experienced by people as a result of occupation, but it is imperative to register our strong protest in the wake of such threatening measures by the Indian state,” said a spokesperson of the amalgam.

He added 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, which is being contested in the Supreme Court of India through their agents.”

The leadership said that the late announcement and ambiguity over the dates of hearing of 35-A and 370 by Supreme Court on 13 or 14 of February is “worrisome, and indicates of mischief.”

“…people and leadership are fully aware of the developments and are cautiously observing them and these tactics cannot deceive them or take them for a ride. It is an extremely critical issue of the very existence as a people and of our disputed status,” the trio said.