Kashmir shuts down over attempts to repeal special status provision

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Srinagar (J and K), Aug 12 (ANI): Separatists called for a shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to protest against any “attempts” to abrogate against the Article -35A of the Constitution, which bars outsiders from owning property in Jammu and Kashmir – being challenged in the Supreme Court. Shops, public transport and educational institutions were closed as policemen patrolled the streets to prevent any untoward incidents. Article-35A gives Jammu and Kashmir legislature the power to define the “permanent residents” of the state and provide them with special rights and privileges. While according to Article 370, the Indian government needs approval of Kashmir assembly to implement all other laws except for defence, foreign affairs, finance and communications.

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