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J&K On Edge as Supreme Court Set to Begin Hearing on 35A Pleas

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Ahead of Hearing, J&K Govt Seeks Dismissal of Petition

The Jammu and Kashmir government filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court seeking a dismissal of the petition, while also raising questions on the “bona fides” of the petitioner.

The affidavit, accessed by Live Law, reportedly said that the NGO “We the Citizens” was a “busybody, a meddlesome interloper, who has filed the instant petition seeking publicity”.

Two-Day Shutdown in J&K Over 35A Row, Amarnath Yatra Suspended

Authorities on Sunday, 5 August, decided to temporarily suspend the ongoing Amarnath Yatra from Jammu to the cave shrine in the Kashmir Valley for two days due to the separatist-called protest shutdown.

According to the police, no pilgrim was allowed to move from the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas.

However, pilgrims camped at the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in the Kashmir Valley will continue to perform the Yatra, officials said.

Adverse Order on 35A Might Trigger Revolt Among J&K Police: Intel

Intelligence agencies have warned of the possibility of a “revolt” among Jammu and Kashmir’s security forces if the Supreme Court passes an “adverse” order on 35A, NDTV reported, quoting sources.

A Delhi-based NGO – We the Citizens – had filed a petition arguing the “unconstitutionality” of Article 35A, terming it discriminatory in nature, as it was meant to be only a temporary provision.

Yasin Malik Leads Protest in Support of Article 35A

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKlF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday, 3 August, led a peaceful protest march here in support of Article 35A which has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

After the congressional Friday prayers at a mosque near the Residency Road, Malik led a protest march to defend Article 35A.

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Updated: August 6, 2018 — 4:46 am

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