Srinagar, July 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, twenty-seven bodies from a cross section of the society addressed a press conference in Srinagar to show their resentment against the conspiracies being hatched to change demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir.

The representatives of civil society groups, business chambers and federations, transporters, tourism fraternity, horticulturists, industrialists, academia and other social, religious and cultural organizations said that the press conference had been necessitated to exhibit their unity against the onslaught on their hereditary state subject law.

“Our state subject laws have been under attack ever since a petition was filed by an NGO “We the Citizens” and admitted by the Supreme Court of India that challenges the validity of Article 35-A of Indian Constitution,” a statement issued after the press conference said. “If the said Article is removed or tinkered with, then the rights of original citizens of Jammu and Kashmir on their immovable property and other such rights would be taken away,” it said.

“The purpose behind the petition is to change the demographic character of Jammu and Kashmir and alter the nature of the dispute that is internationally recognized,” the statement said. “Let us make it amply clear that the hereditary state subject law of Jammu and Kashmir shall be protected at any cost even on the lives of the citizens and no tampering with this law would ever be tolerated,” it warned.

The representatives from the organizations participated in the press conference included Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Federation Chamber of Industry of Kashmir (FCIK), Jammu Kashmir Socio-Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC), Kashmir Economic Forum (KEF), Jammu and Kashmir Contractors’ Coordination Committee, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers/ Dealers Union, Western Bus Service, Haji-Pir Transport Company, Kashmir Motor Drivers Association (KMD), Western Motor Transport Company, New Kashmir Transport Company, Star Transport Company, Tourist Taxi Operators Association, Joint Coordination Committee of Taxi Associations, All Kashmir Auto Rickshaw Drivers Association, Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association, Jammu and Kashmir Hoteliers Club, Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industries Kashmir (ACCIK), Houseboat Owners Association, Batamaloo Traders Association and All Traders Joint Coordination Committee Batamaloo.

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