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JRL calls shutdown on day Article 35-A is heard in SC

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Srinagar, Feb 18: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday urged the people to observe shutdown on the day(s) of hearing of Article 35-A case in the Supreme Court.

In a statement, JRL said they were in constant touch with the Bar Association as the crucial hearing of Article 35-A is again scheduled for February 20 and 21.

“The list of cases comes to fore in the evening a day before the case is listed for hearing, so whenever the case challenging the hereditary state subject law --Article 35-A -- that has a direct bearing on the Kashmir dispute comes up for hearing before the Indian Supreme Court, people will observe a complete protest strike,” they said in a joint statement.

JRL said the shutdown on the day when the case about Article 35-A would be heard by the Indian Supreme Court should send a clear message to entire India that any attempt to tamper with the J&K’s citizenship rights would not be tolerated.

“The series of petitions filed by BJP/RSS activists before the Indian Supreme Court is actually a move to change the demography of the state by allowing non-state residents to settle down here and change its Muslim-majority character, an eyesore for communally minded outfits,” the statement said.

The JRL said that “people should brace themselves and be ready to launch an assertive campaign united with all on board.

“It’s an issue of our very existence,” the JRL added.

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