Kashmir observes shutdown over Article 35-A, Supreme Court to hear PIL today

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Complete shutdown called by separatists against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35-A brought life in Kashmir to a standstill on Sunday.

According to Article 35-A people from outside Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are barred from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

Markets, business establishments, transport services were closed across the Valley as the shutdown is supported by large number of trader and business bodies.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) consists of separatist leaders has called for a two-day strike (Sunday and Monday)—as Supreme Court on Monday will hear a PIL challenging the validity of the Article 35-A.

The J&K government has filed an application in the Supreme Court, informing that it is going to seek 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”.

Security forces have been deployed in strength in the region to maintain law and order.