WHAT IS ARTICLE 35A?
Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
JAMMU KASHMIR AT A STANDSTILL
And as the Supreme Court reviews the Constitutional Article 35A, life in Jammu Kashmir has come to a standstill due to a complete shutdown called by separatist against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35A, which bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring any immovable property in the state.
The situation across the valley is peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere so far, officials said. Shops and business establishments were closed across the Valley while all kinds of transport remained off the roads due to the strike called.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a two-day strike – Sunday and Monday — as Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a PIL challenging the validity of the Article 35A tomorrow.
The state government has filed an application before the Registrar of the Supreme Court, informing that it is going to seek an adjournment of the hearing of the petition in view of the “ongoing preparations for the upcoming Panchayat and urban local body and municipal elections in the state”.
The officials said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir for maintaining law and order.
Train services have also been suspended in Kashmir Valley for August 5 and 6, a senior railway official said.
Various organizations included Bar Association, transporters, and traders’ bodies have extended support to the shutdown call of the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Protests have been held across the length and breadth of Kashmir over the past few days with mainstream parties like the National Conference and PDP also holding rallies in support of continuing Article 35A.