Urges people to ‘help each other’
Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday demanded the opening of traditional routes to facilitate travel and supplies of essentials in Jammu and Kashmir.
The statement issued by the party reads: Assessing Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Mirwaiz said that with anguish and concern “we have been witnessing the total apathy and callousness of the authorities towards the people of Kashmir living in city, towns, villages and most of all in remote villages, struggling with the fall out of adverse weather conditions for the last two months without any respite”.
“Somehow we are surviving the lack of electricity and water – the basic necessities of life in today’s life,” he said. “Leave alone facilities, no emergency provisions are in place. The recently reported incident of a pregnant woman losing her child and her life and the family struggling to take her body home because of blocked roads is heart-rending.”
“With no plan or concern to ameliorate the difficulties of people and the repeated shutting down of Srinagar Jammu road, we demand that all traditional routes be opened to facilitate travel and supplies of essentials,” he added.
Mirwaiz further said people are left to fend for themselves facing a crisis as thousands of people are stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar highway without basic amenities.
He also slammed the overpricing of air tickets.
Hurriyat chairman urged people to help each other in this hour of crisis.
Mirwaiz also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the heavy snowfall and avalanches across the valley and extended condolences to the bereaved families, the statement said.