Hurriyat condemns banning civilian traffic on highway during Amarnath yatra

Hurriyat condemns banning civilian traffic on highway during Amarnath yatra

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday condemned the government’s decision to ban civilian traffic on a stretch of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway for over five hours a day to allow incident-free passage to vehicles carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims, saying the “anti-people diktat” be immediately withdrawn.
Hurriyat Conference in a statement said: The ban is not only ridiculous, humiliating, undemocratic and immoral but negates government’s own statements that Kashmiri Muslims are supportive and helpful in making the yatra a success.
“How strange and illogical is it that those helping yatris wholeheartedly are made to suffer by blocking their vehicular movement,” the amalgam said.
Hurriyat said that roads are means of connectivity and are not only used in normal life but are of prime importance in some desperate and emergency situations. “Curtailing and banning such a basic and fundamental lifeline, amounts to a gross and unforgivable crime against the helpless population,” they said.
“How unfortunate and ironic is this that permanent residents of this State are forced not to use their own land connectivity, and are made to wait for hours to allow yatra vehicles,” the amalgam said, adding: Kashmiri people never compromised on their tradition of hospitality, brotherhood, communal harmony and social bonding even in the toughest and provocative times, and always played a friendly host, whether to a tourist or a pilgrim, who visited Kashmir.
Hurriyat Conference appealed to the human rights bodies to come forward and take note of these measures.
Hurriyat (M) while denouncing the government’s decision in a statement said that the yatris have always been welcomed by the people of Kashmir who have always facilitated its smooth conduct and lend support to it.
This was stated by the amalgam at a meeting of its senior leaders chaired by the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The members of the Hurriyat executive Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Musadiq Adil, and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza attended the meeting.
“Time and again Kashmiri’s are subject to harassment and inconvenience as the highway is shut down for them on one pretext or other. If those in power claim that the situation has greatly improved, then why are such extreme and unprecedented measures being used that were never used during the last three decades of conflict?,” Hurriyat (M) said.
The amalgam said that such diktats besides causing great inconvenience to common people greatly impact the trade and tourism industry especially those dealing in perishable items like fresh fruit and vegetables. “Those in power should immediately withdraw this anti-people diktat.”
Commenting on the home minister’s statement in the parliament where he said that when JK got divided between India and Pakistan, Nehru took it to the UN and made promises before the world, the amalgam said that as PM of India Nehru represented the government of India when he took it to the UN.
“So it is a political and humanitarian issue and the people of Kashmir and Hurriyat as their representative are only demanding the resolution of this issue peacefully for all times,” they said, adding: “Locking up Kashmiri’s including senior Hurriyat members in jails and detention centers and propagating threats, intimidation and maligning campaigns against them will neither solve the issue nor finish it off.”
“Hurriyat as an amalgam came into existence as a vehicle of people’s sentiment seeking a peaceful resolution of the issue as per international principles of humanity and justice. So we are a pro-resolution party asking for its fulfilment and ready to cooperate with every effort by all parties concerned to that end. We are not stooges of any party to the dispute, as is painted,” the statement said.