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Safeguarding Article 35-A :Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Aug 26, 27

Srinagar, Aug 17:Joint Hurriyat leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Friday asked the people of Kashmir to observe complete bandh on  August 26 and 27, when the case of challenge to Article 35-A is coming up for hearing in the Supreme Court.

“As part of our continued efforts with regard to the course of action to jointly protest and resist the petitions filed in Supreme Court by RSS/BJP backed organisations challenging the 1927 hereditary state subject law of J&K, deliberations and discussion are going on with all segments of society during the course of last few weeks,” a Joint Hurriyat statement read.

The leadership-trio said that they have deliberated with members and representatives of all segments and sections of society including the minority community, the business fraternity, chamber of commerce , civil society, hoteliers, traders , lawyers ,academia , education sector , transporters from taxi auto sumo shikara associations and  many others.

“All segments of people unanimously express their serious and urgent concern over this issue which poses a grave threat to the very existence of the people of J&K and their commitment to go to any extent to protect the law and protest this mischief,” they said.

Expressing its gratitude, the leadership said that during these deliberations it was decided that a two day complete protest bandh will be observed across the length and breadth of the state on August 26 and 27 when the case is coming up for hearing in the Supreme Court.

“In case any untoward decision is given by the Supreme Court, a mass statewide agitation will commence therein, the consequences of which will be direct responsibility of the Indian state for instigating people to it,” the statement read.

It added that it was also decided that till August 27, protest programs against tinkering with the law will be held by all segments of society, details of which will be announced by them in joint a press conference.

“During the discussions it was also decided that efforts to reach out to all regions and sections of the state on this critical issue from Chenab valley to Kargil will continue,” the statement added.

“Members of all communities said that they were ready to cooperate and work with the leadership in this hour of crisis that has been thrust upon them. We are also in touch with religious and social organisation of the state,who are completely with them on this and have assured their full cooperation,” the Joint Hurriyat said.