Joint Resistance carries out protest against ‘planned abrogation’ of Article 35-A

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) carried out a protest after Friday prayers in Bilal Masjid at the Bund in Srinagar against the ‘planned abrogation’ of Article 35A. The protest was led by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Malik said the people were ready to defend the article ‘with their blood’.

Earlier, The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik met to ‘deliberate the serious challenge posed to Article 35A.

“We want to make it clear to Government of India that any and every attempt made at changing the demographic nature of the state will be stiffly resisted,” the JRL said.

Implying that they were in touch with all segments including the legal fraternity, traders, civil society and academia, the JRL said that there is complete unanimity and cohesion among all with regard to ‘resisting and fighting this serious assault together’.

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“On 5 and 6 August, a complete protest strike will be observed throughout, people will register their total disapproval & resistance to this politically motivated move. A mass agitation of hitting and occupying streets will be launched if any tinkering with 35A is allowed to take place under a legal garb, the consequences of which will be entirely on those perpetuating such mischievous ploys against people of J&K.”

The JRL also said that people should to be ready as ‘there is every apprehension of a mass crackdown against the leadership and political activists.

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