Complete shutdown being observed in occupied Kashmir against anti-Kashmir constitutional amendment

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The article was added to the constitution by a presidential order in 1954, it said.

In Jammu region's Chenab Valley, the bandh call was issued by Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar against the "dilution of J&K's special status".

Political scientist, Prof Gull Wani, said in the present day society, there are very few democratic voices in India to speak for Kashmiris as there has been a change of character across India.

J&K CM is also keen to build consensus against scrapping the Constitutional provision, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state's "permanent residents" and their special rights and privileges.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought PM Modi's intervention to avoid the crisis. "What happened to her claims of starting talks with separatists, opening roads with Pakistan and self-rule?"

Additional General Secretary, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal Saturday said if Government of India (GoI) "uses judiciary" to abrogate Article 35-A, then the accession of Jammu Kashmir with India ends.

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"We demand that the rights of all the people of all the three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh-should be protected and there should be no discrimination".

Ashwani Chrungoo, president of Panun Kashmir, a front organisation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits, said there was a need to get rid of the "stifling statute" (Article 370) "coupled with Article 35A, which have provided a constitutional mechanism to promote fissiparous and separatist tendencies in J&K".

The provision prohibits all Indians - except people from Jammu and Kashmir - from purchasing immovable property in the state, getting government jobs and availing state-sponsored scholarships.

Professor Hari Om, a historian and social activist, said, "It is an atrocious article that creates a high wall between people of J&K and the rest of India". Any decision by the Supreme Court will have far-reaching consequences. "The Prime Minister gave 100 per cent assurance to the agenda of alliance", she told reporters after her 15-minute meeting with Modi.

Mehbooba Mufti, who met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, said Jammu and Kashmir was indeed a "Muslim majority state" but one also needed to note that "Hindus also live there, Sikhs and Buddhists also live there".

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