Shutdown In Kashmir Valley Against Soldier Colonies, Pandit Settlements

A complete shutdown is being observed across Kashmir valley today to protest against the proposed Sainik and Pandit colonies.All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the roads in Kashmir capital Srinagar.

The reports of shutdown have also been received from other district headquarters of the valley.Top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have jointly called for a shutdown today to resist the establishment of proposed Sainik and Pandit colonies in the state.


They alleged the intention behind setting up a Sainik colony here is to change the demography of the Muslim majority Valley.Authorities arrested Malik yesterday while Geelani and Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest to prevent them from leading any anti-India rallies today.

When Governor NN Vohra spoke of “safeguarding” the special status of J&K to a joint sitting of the state’s lawmakers from both the houses in Srinagar on Wednesday, he was obliquely reacting to the upheaval on the streets of Kashmir over attempts to erode Article 370.

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