Articles 35-A, 370 hearing: JRL calls for complete strike on Feb 13, 14

Srinagar, Feb 12: (GNS) The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Tuesday has called for complete strike on February 13 and 14 the days the Supreme Court is going to hear the case of Article 35-A and Article 370.

The JRL in a statement issued to GNS 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”.

“The late announcement and ambiguity over the dates of hearing of 35A and 370 by Supreme Court on 13 or 14 of February is worrisome, and indicates of mischief,” the leadership said adding that people and leadership are fully aware of the developments and are cautiously observing them and these tactics cannot deceive them or take them for a ride.

“It is an extremely critical issue of the very existence as a people and of our disputed status,” the leadership said and warned 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.

JRL said: “The 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 cannot break our back and make us cow down before their might. Kashmiris 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.”

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 thereon.

The leadership said that they understand that frequent shutdowns add to the hardship already experienced by people as a result of “occupation”, but it is imperative to register our strong protest in the wake of such threatening measures by the Indian state. (GNS)

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