Kashmir shuts down over attempts to repeal special status provision

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Members of Kashmir civil society at a round-table conference in Srinagar made a decision to send a memorandum to the UN Secretary General, all permanent members of the UN Security Council and member states of OIC to apprise them about the anti-Kashmir nefarious designs of India.

The article has been challenged by a Delhi-based NGO, We the Citizens, in the Supreme Court, where the central government said last month that there was need for a "larger debate" on the issue of declaring the article unconstitutional.

In response, while the J&K Government filed a counter-affidavit and sought dismissal of the petition, the Union Government did not. CM Mehbooba has also met the leaders of all the political parties in Kashmir so that she is not "outwitted" by her ally BJP. "Even the media trial of leaders is part of a well-thought-out plan by Indian authorities", the Kashmiri leader said. The NC's provincial president claimed that "Jammu Dogras would be the main sufferers if Article 35A is scrapped".

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), August 12: Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr. Nirmal Singh on Saturday said that Article 35 (A) is a constitutional matter and that the Supreme court will take any decision related to it.

The Kashmir and Chenab Valleys on Saturday observed a shutdown over the issue of Article 35A. He said time has come for civil society members to hit the streets against tampering of the special status of the territory. Moreover, the Article 370 is part of the original constitution, and hence, the Article 35A also flows from it. Therefore, Article 35A is in direct violation of Article 14. "This sort of narrative needs to be strongly countered", he added.

"It is basically aimed to change the basic character of the state in order to undermine and deeply affect its disputed nature", he said.

"It is a shield for the backward people of Jammu and Kashmir", he said.

"Let us wait for the verdict", Singh said. The memorandum also focuses on sensitizing the Kashmiri people about the grave dangers and consequences of the proposed abrogation by using service of Imams, Pujaris, Granthis, and priests across the State.

Earlier, the locals and the activists of political and social organizations demonstrated at the Parade Ground Park in Poonch to raise voices against Modi regime's attempts to fiddle with Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution.

Senior advocate, Zaffar Qureshi termed the assurances "superficial".

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