The Joint Resistance Leadership Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on February 13 and 14 in view of the hearing of a bunch of petitions in the Supreme Court seeking rollback of Article 35-A.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik urged the people to be "ready for a mass agitation in case the Supreme Court announces any ruling against Article 35 A".
"The SC is scheduled to hear a series of petitions seeking rollback of Article 35 A that guarantees special hereditary citizenship rights to the people of J&K. People will forcefully resist every challenge by New Delhi to change the demography of the state by rolling back hereditary state subject laws of 1927," the statement read.
"The late announcement and ambiguity over the dates of hearing of Articles 35A and 370 by Supreme Court on 13 or 14 February is worrisome, and indicates of mischief (sic)," the JRL statement read. "People and leadership are fully aware of the developments and are cautiously observing them and these tactics cannot deceive them or take them for a ride. It is an extremely critical issue of the very existence as a people and of our disputed status".
The JRL warned that "if anything adverse to the interests of the people of J&K and its disputed status is announced through the courts, a mass people's agitation will be started instantly across the state and the responsibility of the consequences of that will be entirely on those forcing us to react".
The JRL said "to protest and resist the viscous move, a complete strike will be observed on February 13 and 14 and if any adverse order is announced, the leadership will announce a mass agitation thereon."
"We understand that frequent shutdowns add to the hardship already experienced by people, but it is imperative to register our strong protest in the wake of such threatening measures by New Delhi," the JRL statement read.
Meanwhile, all-Kashmir auto rikhshaw drivers association extended its full support to the JRL call.