Dictatorial order: Masoodi on highway ban

Dictatorial order: Masoodi on highway ban

Srinagar: The National Conference leader and member of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi on Sunday decried banning civilian traffic on the highway, saying the diktat has put people to unnecessary duress.
“It is a dictatorial order. The diktat will hamper the economic activity of traders. The highway is no less than an artery, it is our lifeline. It is not just the economic activity that will suffer from the ban but patients too. How can they reach hospitals? How can students and working class move to and fro?” he said, according to the statement.
He added, “This is an unintelligent step. Orders like these will push the already aggravated people to the wall. Issuing such orders does not augur well for a democratic setup. We condemn it unequivocally and seek its immediate revocation.”
Member of Parliament from Baramulla Mohammad Akbar Lone while commenting on the highway ban said, “The move will inadvertently hit the movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu –Srinagar highway. The sole national highway connecting Srinagar with the rest of the country already suffers from intermittent blockages due to the vagaries of weather. The dictate of putting restrictions on the vehicular movement if persists will put the public to undue duress. The step is bound to hamper the easy movement of tourist inflow to Kashmir. Moreover, the dictate will affect the traders by spoiling Kashmir bound perishable items and vice versa.”
“I urge the administration to revoke the dictate of barring the civilian vehicles from plying on the highway,” he said.