In protest against the ‘judicial onslaught’ on Art 35 A, 370, civil society calls for shutdown on Aug 6

In a protest against the “judicial and legislative onslaught” on Article 35A and Article 370, the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee has called for a shutdown on August 6.

The Supreme Court will hear petitions challenging the Article 35 A, which defines the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, on August 6.

Addressing media persons at a local hotel in Srinagar, deputy grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam and Awami National Conference president Muzafar Shah said that it is collective responsibility of people of Jammu and Kashmir as a nation to protect Article 370 and 35A.

They said that the Kashmiri people have to protect the Article 35-A from judicial and legislative onslaught.

“We call upon the public to observe a general strike on 6 of August as a mark of protest against the judicial and legislative onslaught on Article 35A and Article 370,” the committee members said.

Earlier, The Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC) in Jammu &Kashmir comprising over a dozen intellectuals including retired academicians, bureaucrats and jurists in an open letter called upon Governor N N Vohra to ask the Advocate General and others representing the State before the Jammu & Kashmir High Court to get case against the Article 35 A deferred till the democratically elected government is put in place.

On Saturday, the Greater Kashmir reported that Governor NN Vohra requested New Delhi to have the hearing against the Article 35A in the Supreme Court deferred until an elected government is in place in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, during his Friday sermon said that the people of Kashmir will not take the machinations against Article 35 A lying low but will resist them tooth and nail.

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