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Muslims, Hindus equally concerned about attack on Article 35-A

New Delhi, August 18: Three Kashmiris, two Muslims and one belonging to Hindu community and hailing from Kotranka in Rajouri area of Jammu and Kashmir have submitted an intervention application in the Supreme Court of India seeking dismissal of the petitions challenging the Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution.

The Article 35-A protects the state subject laws and special privileges guaranteed to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The filing of these petitions shows that all people of Jammu and Kashmir including Muslims and Hindus are equally concerned about the onslaught on the Article 35-A.

“The proposed interveners are seeking dismissal of the petitions challenging Article 35-A,” Mohit Choudhary, who is appearing on behalf of the applicants in the apex court, told a Srinagar-based English daily Greater Kashmir.

Since 2014, as many as five petitions have been filed in the Indian Supreme Court by different groups to seek the annulment of the constitutional provision that was incorporated in the Constitution of India through a presidential order in 1954. The petitions would come up for hearing on August 27.

The applicants from Rajouri have sought the intervention in the case on the grounds that the issue concerns all the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, including them.

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