Bandh in Rajouri, Doda, Kishtwar

Tazeem Malik/Saidullah Rangrez. Dated: 8/7/2018 4:58:36 AM

RAJOURI/DODA, Aug 6: Near total Bandh was observed on Monday in twin border districts of Rajouri-Poonch and Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban districts in protest against the attempts to tinker with the Article 35-A.
Rajouri observed shutdown in response to a Bandh called by the All Parties Coordination Committee and supported by other social and religious organisations over Art 35A. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed throughout the day. Public transport too remained off the roads.
A large protest rally by civil society members and activists of other organisations was taken out in Rajouri town appealing all to observe a complete shutdown. “The procession started from Usman Ghani Masjid and after moving through the old city culminated at Gujjar Mandi Chowk. The participants appealed to the public to maintain peace and calm and support the Bandh call in favour of Art 35A,” said a spokesperson of All Parties Coordination Committee.
Leaders of All Parties Coordination Committee in one voice pledged to protect Art 35 A at the cost of their lives. Tehsil headquarters of Rajouri district including Thannamandi, Darhal, Manjakote, Kotrenka Kalakote and other parts of district also observed shutdown against any attempt of fiddling with Art 35A. Regarding the future course of action spokesmen of the All Parties Coordination Committee said, “Our committee will meet on Friday and chalk out the strategy.”
Later Committee leaders expressed gratitude to the civil society members from all sections of society and social, political and religious organisations for supporting the cause of Art 35A for the sake of future generations.
Those organisations and persons who supported the shutdown call of district Rajouri also included Shafqat Mir NC leader, Iftikhar Ali Dar and Prabodh Jasyal Congress leader, Istiaq Bhat and Tahir Lone PDP leaders, Khateeb Jamia Masjid Ghulam Rasool, Maulana Younis, Maulana Hanief Raza of Tehreek Ulema AhlaeSunnat, Maulana Razaq ,Haji Aslam Ganai of Muslim Welfare Association, Haji Yousaf Dar Anjuman-e- Taajran, Shafqat, Tazeem Dar of Anjuman-e-Ghulamae Ghous, Aseef Bhat of Tehreeq Ghulamanae Mustafa, Haji Farooq, Arshad Bhat,Shafqat Wani, Amir Khan Ittehadul Muslimeen, National Conference, PDP, Congress, Tehreek Ghulamanae Ghous, Ittehadul Muslimeen, Ulema Ahmad Sunnat, Muslim Youth Federation, Transport Union, Auto Union, Shopkeepers Association etc.
Similarly many parts of Poonch district also observed shutdown and witnessed protest demonstrations.
DODA/BHADERWAH/KISHTWAR: Normal life was crippled following shutdown and a peaceful protest in different parts of Doda and Kishtwar districts today against attempts to abrogate article 35A.
The bandh call given by various political parties in Doda district received an overwhelming response. A large number of people came out and took part in protests and demonstrations across Doda district. Shops and other business establishments including schools remained closed and transport was also affected due to the bandh. Protests were also reported from all sub divisions and tehsil headquarters of the district.
People in large number gathered at bus stand Doda and took out procession raising slogans in support of Article 35A and special status of Jammu and Kashmir state. At bus stand Doda leaders of various political and social organizations delivered speeches and expressed their anger against the alleged plan to abrogate article 35A.
Former minister of state for home and senior National Conference leader Khalid Najib Suharwardhy addressing the protesting people warned central government and state administration against any attempts to abrogate Article 35A. He said that special status to this state was granted to strengthen relations between state and central government. He said that if special status of the state was damaged it would weaken relations between Centre and state government.



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