In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two youth in Kupwara district, today.
The youth were killed by the troops during a violent cordon and search operation in Khumriyal area of the district. Meanwhile, Indian police arrested Hurriyet leaders Hakeem Abdul Rashid and Umar Aadil Dar in Islamabad town.
Protests will be held in the occupied territory, tomorrow, after Juma prayers against the Indian government’s plan to abrogate Article 35-A of the Indian constitution. Call for the protests has been given by the Grand Mufti-designate, Mufti Naserul-Islam. The Joint Resistance Leadership and trade bodies have called for shutdown on Sunday and Monday to protest the assault on the Article.
Traders at Fruit Mandi Parimpora in Srinagar held a protest demonstration to condemn the Indian attempts to scrap special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Traders raised slogans against the plan to abrogate Article 35A.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference at its Executive Council meeting in Srinagar said that the RSS-backed BJP government in New Delhi was hatching conspiracies to turn Muslim majority population into a minority in Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating all legal and constitutional barriers. The meeting was presided over by the APHC Secretary General, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi.
A meeting attended by Ulema, representatives of Muslim Welfare Forum, trade bodies and civil society members in Rajouri demanded an immediate end to the conspiracies against the Article 35-A. The meeting called for civil curfew and shutdown in the district on Monday. The Islami Markazi Majlis-e-Shoora, Kishtwar, district has warned of strong agitation against the Indian attempts to change the demography of the territory.
The High Court Bar Association in its intervention application submitted to the Indian Supreme Court made it clear that any amendment to the Indian constitution did not apply to Jammu and Kashmir. Jamaat-e-Islami in a statement announced to support the call for safeguarding the special status of Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 35-A and Article 370.
Meanwhile, Governor NN Vohra has removed the clause from the draconian Public Safety Act to allow the authorities to shift Kashmiris, detained under PSA, outside Jammu and Kashmir in jails in India. The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum in a statement termed the move as anti-human and politically-motivated.