Web Desk(August 06, 2018): Even as the Supreme Court adjourned hearing on pleas challenging Constitutional validity of Article 35A pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, life in the Valley remained severely affected for the second consecutive day on Monday due to a complete shutdown called by separatists against the legal challenge.
The two-day shutdown call had been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik. Article 35A, which pre-dates Independence of India, confers special status on the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, Article 35A bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state.
Incidents of stone-pelting were reported from some places on Sunday, with six people getting injured in Kulgam in a clash between protesters and security forces. Various organizations, including the state bar association, transporters, and traders’ bodies, have extended support to the shutdown call.
Protests have been held across Kashmir over the past few days, with mainstream parties like National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also holding rallies in support of continuing with Article 35A.