Srinagar: J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar on Thursday ridiculed the government order of banning civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu Highway for two days in every week and termed it as another ploy of teasing and harassing the people of Kashmir.
In a statement, the Bar Association maintains that right to move and travel are part of personal liberty and consist in the power of locomotion, of changing direction or moving one’s person to whatever place, one’s own inclination may desire.
“It hardly needs to be emphasised that restrictions on movement on road leading to Courts, educational institutions, hospitals etc. which causes serious hardships and inconvenience to students, lawyers, litigants and people from all walks of life, have been held to be unreasonable and irrational and have been struck down by the Courts in the past and applying the same test to the notification issued by the State Govt. banning civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu Highway, for two days in a week, it is also liable to be struck down,” they said.
The Bar Association reiterates that the freedom of movement and travel at home and abroad, is not only important for securing employment in any part of the world, but is also essential for education, trade and also for cultural, political and social activities. “However, by issuing the notification of banning civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu Highway for two days in a week, all the aforesaid rights and guarantees are bound to get defeated, which in a democratic world of today, is not permissible,” they added.