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13 August 2017, 12:28 | Devin Moran
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Life across the Kashmir Valley and parts of the Jammu region was on Saturday adversely affected due to a shutdown called to protect Article 35A that gives special rights to Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full.
Terming the issue "very serious", Mirwaiz said "pro-India" regional parties are duty bound to the people of JK not to allow it to happen and it is their responsibility to ensure that such designs are thwarted and resisted and the special status of the state protected at all cost.
The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for shutdown today to protest against "attempts" to abrogate Article 35-A of the constitution, which confers special rights and privileges on permanent residents of J&K and debars non-residents from buying land or property, getting a government job or voting in State Assembly elections. It announced a campaign to educate people about benefits of Article 35A with the inauguration of a seminar by party working president Omar Abdullah on August 14.
Block presidents, block secretaries, district presidents and district secretaries would participate in it and later disseminate the information at grassroot level, he said.
He said for past 70 years people of JK have been striving and struggling and hugely sacrificing to make GoI accept the reality of the Kashmir dispute and "make them fulfill their commitment to the people of Kashmir before the world community".
Transcending the ideological divide, Article 35A has brought the mainstream, separatists and all other sections of society together on a common cause.
He said that Government of India (GoI) and the State government have adopted "zero tolerance" towards Hurriyat and militants.
NGO filed is seeking to strike down the Article 35A.
"The basis of agenda of our alliance is that the status quo on Article 370 is to be maintained and none of us will go against it". This means that if Article 35A is struck down, there will be more legal parity between a citizen of India in Jammu and Kashmir and a citizen of India in any other state.
The Article was added to the Indian Constitution (Mentioned in Appendix II) through a Presidential Order -The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954. They just want to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
Rana accused the BJP of deliberately raking up such issues for politics and undermining the safeguards ensured to people of the state by the Constitution.
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