SRINAGAR: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai said it is a “deliberate policy” of the Government of India (GoI) to choke Kashmiri people to starvation by sealing the traditional routes of Valley.
GoI want Kashmiris to suffer and make them into submission by making them dependent on “unnatural” route, Sehrai said in a statement that has come days after heavy snowfall which led to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway.
“The deliberate planning of the government of India to keep the people here starved of all the basic necessities of the life can be easily drawn from the frequent closure of the ‘unnatural’ Srinagar-Jammu highway,” Sehrai said.
Our natural routes have been blocked and people have to understand this “conspiracy”, the TeH chairman said. “Our resources are being looted and illegally exploited.”
Sehrai said Jammu and Kashmir is rich in natural resources, which is a “guarantee for the secure future” of the people of the State.
Despite being rich in natural resources, Kashmir is (deliberately) kept underdeveloped, and it is the GoI’s policy to make Kashmiris more and more dependent and ensure that they don’t become self-reliant.
He expressed serious concern over the plight of thousands of stranded passengers due to continuous closure of highway, and has demanded shifting of these passengers to their respective destinations.
“At the same time, airline companies have started their brazen loot as the airfare has been skyrocketed, that too right under the nose of government which has added further miseries for stranded passengers. People are witnessing complete apathy and brazen callousness of authorities,” Sehrai said.
Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat has strongly denounced the continuous house arrest of Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and arrest of party workers Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Ashraf Laya and other activists.
“Such undemocratic tactics will not deter pro-freedom leadership from pursuing the just cause,” the statement said.