The Joint Resistance Leadership on Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on February 13 and 14 to protest and resist the viscous move of “late announcement and ambiguity over dates of hearing” in the case.
The hearing is scheduled in the Supreme Court on February 13 and 14 while the state government has requested the apex court t defer the hearing since there is president’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
JRL comprising of octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that people of Jammu and Kashmir will forcefully resist every challenge by New Delhi to change the demography of the State by rolling back hereditary state subject laws of 1927, being contested in the Supreme Court of India through their agents.
JRL, in a statement, said that the late announcement and ambiguity over the dates of hearing of 35-A and 370 by Supreme Court on 13 or 14 of February is worrisome, and indicates of mischief.
“Leadership is fully aware of the developments and is cautiously observing the situation and these tactics cannot deceive leadership or the people of Kahsmir. It is an extremely critical issue of the our very existence as a people and of our disputed status.”
The statement warned the authorities that if anything adverse to the interests of the people of J&K and its disputed status is announced through the courts a mass people’s agitation will be started instantly across the state and the responsibility of the consequences of that will be entirely on those forcing us to react.
Leadership said people of Kashmir are facing tremendous repression tyranny and hardships by virtue of being under forcible control but it should be clear by now to those arrogant in power ,that they can not break our back and make us cow down before their might. Kashmiri’s have proved their mettle and resilience to India and the world over the last three decades by standing firm on their principled demand against a mighty military power.
JRL said that to protest and resist this viscous move a complete strike will be observed on February 13 and 14 and if any adverse order is announced leadership will announce a mass agitation there on.
Leadership said that they understand that frequent shutdowns add to the hardships but it is imperative to register our strong protest in the wake of such threatening measures by the Indian state.
Meanwhile Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir also termed the attempts of tinkering with Article 35-A as ‘unacceptable’ and pledged complete support to peaceful protest program issued by the Joint Resistant Leadership (JRL).
Jama’at spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali, in a statement said that any attempt of tinkering with Article 35A, which provides special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is unacceptable and all vicious designs by anti-state forces will be foiled.
“Anti-Kashmir forces are leaving no stone unturned to erode special status of state and by every passing day such spiteful and communal elements are trying to use their influence aimed to change the demographical character of Jammu and Kashmir. These fascist forces should know every anti-Kashmir agenda will be defeated by Kashmiris collectively,” Ali said.
He further added, the resistance by Kashmiris for safeguarding and protecting the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is impossible to be defeated and every attempt of fiddling it will be resisted tooth and nail.
“Jama’at at this juncture pledges its full support to Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) for protection of state’s special position and terms it ‘rightful’,” he said in the statement.
Meanwhile, a condolence meet was held at Jama’at headquarters Batamaloo which was presided over by Ameer Jama’at Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz wherein deep grief and sorrow was expressed on the sad demise of Grand Mufti Bashir-ud-din Ahmad Farooqi.
The statement said that Ameer Jama’at also visited the bereaved family and expressed sympathy with them.
However The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry also supported the call for shutdown on the 13th and 14th of February, 2019 against the threat to Article 35 A.
In a statement issued in this regard, the KCC&I spokesman said that the issue of attempts to dilute Article 35 A was highly sensitive and members of the business community were ready to support all actions taken for safeguarding the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The business community would stand firmly behind the people for defeating all mischievous conspiracies aimed at creating disturbances in the valley.