The two-day statewide shutdown from 5 August has been called by pro freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership. Various organizations including Bar Association, traders ‘and transport bodies have extended their support to the JRL’s shutdown call.
Protest have been held across length and breadth of Kashmir over the past few days with mainstream parties like National Conference and PDP also holding rallies in support of continuing with Article 35 A.
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.
The Srinagar-Banihal train services have been suspended across Kashmir, keeping in view of the shutdown call. “We have suspended all trains between Srinagar-Budgam-in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir today,” a Railway official said.