Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu Highway was closed for traffic Tuesday in view of the pro-freedom leader’s call for a march to Tral to pay tributes to Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat and his colleague, Faizan Muzaffar who were killed in an encounter.
The chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Yasin Malik had asked people to reach Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in large numbers to pay tributes to the slain militants.
“The Srinagar-Jammu Highway has been closed and no movement of any sort of traffic on either side is being allowed,” an official of the traffic department said.
He said the decision to close the nearly 300-km highway the only all-weather road connecting the Valley with the rest of the world was taken in view of the prevailing situation as the roadway passes through south Kashmir.
Mughal Road, also in south Kashmir, which passes through Shopian and is an alternate fair-weather roadway connecting Jammu with the Valley, has also been closed for traffic from Bafliaz towards Srinagar, the official said.
He said Srinagar-bound vehicles on Kargil-Sonamarg road were also being restricted due to the prevailing circumstances. PTI