Jammu & Kashmir

Tinderbox petition

Print edition : September 15, 2017

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. She was the first to warn against tinkering with Article 35A. Photo: PTI

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah with Sate Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir and other opposition leaders and MLAs after an all-party meeting on the issue of Article 35A, in Srinagar on August 7. Photo: PTI

N.C. working president Omar Abdullah, addressing senior party leaders at party headquarters on August 14. He said the party would discuss options to join the legal battle against scrapping of Article 35A in the Supreme court. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

The separatist leadership in Kashmir has also lent its voice against the perceived threat to Article 35A. Here, a file photograph of Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

The legal challenge to Article 35A, which protects the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir, has brought all sides of the political spectrum, barring the BJP, together. Tampering with it has the potential of setting the Valley ablaze once again.

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