J&K Shuts Down Amidst Fears Of Abrogation Of Article 35A

The Valley remained shut down on Saturday amidst fears of abrogation of Article 35, which empowers the legislature to define permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and their privileges.

Srinagar: Life across the Kashmir Valley and parts of the Jammu region came to a standstill on Saturday responding to the bandh called to protect Article 35A that gives special rights to Jammu and Kashmir.

Public transport, educational institutions, shops and businesses were shut down in response to the bandh call given by separatists. All the district headquarters and major towns in the Valley decided to go with the bandh.

Meanwhile, the authorities have not imposed any restrictions in Srinagar city on Saturday, despite the shutdown call by the joint separatist leadership (JRF) headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

However, private transport was seen moving in the city and some shops also were opened in the outskirts.

The University of Kashmir and the Board of School Secondary  Education postponed the exams to be held on Saturday.

The bandh was observed due to speculations that Article 35 A might be abrogated. PILs were filed in the Supreme Court against Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir region. 

The Article 35 A, which came into being through a presidential order in 1954 gives powers to the State Legislature to define permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and their privileges. This is being contested in the context of PIL being filed in the Supreme Court.

The petition is being heard by a three judge Constitutional Bench in the Supreme Court. 

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