Highway Ban: Those helping Yatris are made to suffer by blocking vehicular movement, Geelani says

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Srinagar

Hurriyat (g) Conference on Thursday condemned the government order to restrict the civilian movement on the Srinagar Jammu Highway to facilitate and smoothen the Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims travel.

Hurriyat said that the order negates government’s own statements that Kashmiri Muslims are supportive and helpful in making the Yatra a success.

Hurriyat Conference said that how strange and illogical is it, that those helping Yatries, wholeheartedly instead of encouraging and rewarding them, they are strangulated and made to suffer by blocking their vehicular movement.

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 people.

Hurriyat Conference said that 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.

Hurriyat said that 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.

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