Srinagar, August 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Friday organized a protest in Srinagar against the assault on Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution.

Soon after the culmination of Friday prayers at Bilal Masjid at the Bund in Srinagar, scores of Hurriyat leaders and activists led by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik took out a protest march.

Speaking on the occasion, Yasin Malik said that the people of Kashmir were ready to defend the Article 35-A with their blood. He said that any anti-Kashmir verdict from the Indian Supreme Court and attempt to change the demography of Kashmir would never be tolerated and would meet a full-fledged agitation from the Kashmiris. He said the state subject law and defending it is a matter of life and death for the people of Kashmir and no Kashmiri will sit silent on its abrogation.

The JKLF Chairman said that joint resistance leadership (JRL) has announced a protest programme and called for a complete shutdown on 5th and 6th of August 2018 and every Kashmiri will stay indoors on these days as a mark of protest. He warned that if Supreme Court of India gave any verdict against the aspirations of Kashmiris, whole Kashmir will come out on roads initiating a mass agitation.

He said Indian rulers from day one are busy in hatching conspiracies to change the demography of Kashmir and this plea in Indian Supreme Court is also a part of the conspiracy. He said that inspired by Israeli tactics, RSS-backed rulers have launched a multi-pronged strategy to change demography in Kashmir.

Similar protest was held near Budshah Chowk, Lal Chowk, which was attended by various JKLF leaders including advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Javed Ahmad Zargar, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Merajuddin Parray, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Muhammad Ramzan and Muhammad Hanif.

The demonstrations were held in response to a call by the JRL to protest the attempts to abrogate special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under the Indian Constitution.

The JRL has called for shutdown on August 5 and 6 to express resentment against the hearing in the Indian Supreme Court of a petition seeking repeal of the Article 35-A.


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