The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has decided to take all sections of society on board and started consulting people to devise a joint strategy in defense of Article 35A.
The JRL will reach out to—and seek feedback from—lawyers, traders, transporters, doctors, hoteliers and industrialists ahead of the hearing on the article 35A on August 27 in the Supreme Court, Greater Kashmir learnt from sources.
A source said that Mirwaiz and Malik reached Geelani's Hyderpora residence on Thursday evening to discuss the strategy to be adopted for protection of the Article 35A that bars outsiders from buying land in J&K. The meeting lasted several hours.
"The marathon meeting decided that every segment of the society will be taken on board while devising a joint strategy to counter the designs aimed at changing demography of the state," the source said.
"The recent unprecedented strike observed by the people of J&K on August 5 and 6 on JRL's call is an eye-opener and points to the fact that the people of J&K won't allow the assault on their citizenship rights and that they are ready to sacrifice everything to protect their identity," he said.
The source said that JRL has already started its mass contact program with the heads of associations of lawyers, doctors, traders, students, employees, transporters and others for a "joint and concrete strategy."
Earlier, the JRL had asked people to start a mass agitation in case the court verdict is "against the interests of people of J&K".
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar confirmed that "certain important decisions were taken" at the meeting.