Revocation of Jammu-Srinagar highway ban demanded » Kashmir Media Service

New Delhi, April 12 (KMS): The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), a group of civil and human rights organisations in India, has demanded immediate withdrawal of ban on two-day civilian traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway.

The NAPM in a statement issued in New Delhi said ban on civilian traffic on the highway for two days reaffirmed the suspicion that BJP-led government is ideologically attracted to the shameful policies of Israel with regard to Palestine.

“This is an unfair, undemocratic and draconian step, which goes against the Indian Constitution,” it said, adding, “This is yet another in a series of unacceptable measures taken by the Narendra Modi government in Kashmir, the most recent being the closing of a number of link roads to the same highway.”

“This move is clearly an assault on Kashmir’s economy,” said NAPM leaders such as Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Shankar Singh and others.

Underlining that the highway is the only surface link to Kashmir and thus a lifeline to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the NAPM said the prohibition will harm the studies of students, the employment of workers, the produce of farmers and the business of traders.

Yet again, the authorities are using the cover of security to heap misery on the people of Kashmir, it said, adding, “Given the existence of a Railway line from Banihal to Baramulla, this step is needless.”

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