Two-Day Shutdown Commences in IOK from Today, Strike Aimed To Protest Bid to Abrogate Article 35-A

Srinagar, August 05 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, two-day shutdown commenced from today to protest against the onslaught on the Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution that grants special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and bars non-Kashmiris from purchasing land and property in the territory.
According to media sources, call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by trader bodies and civil society organizations. All shops, business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road in all major cities and towns of the territory. Indian army and police personnel have been deployed in strength to thwart anti-India protests. The authorities have suspended train service in the territory. The shutdown is aimed at expressing resentment against the hearing in the Indian Supreme Court, tomorrow, of a petition seeking repeal of the Article 35-A. The abrogation of this constitutional provision will pave the way for the Indian citizens to permanently settle in occupied Kashmir that will subsequently result in change in the demographic composition of the territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Two Day Shutdown Commences in IOK from Today 2

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