Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders on Sunday protested against the recently issued ban on the civilian traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway, at Srinagar bypass near DPS Srinagar.
An eyewitness said that PDP leaders including Khurshid Aalam, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Waheed Para shouting anti-order and anti-governmental slogans have gathered at Srinagar Bypass, along with some supporters carrying banners demanding an end to the government order.
Earlier, the former chief minister of J&K and National Conference Vice present who was heading towards the Uri area of Baramulla district today termed it a “mindless” order because of its inconveniences which lead people to suffer.
“Driving to Uri I’m getting to see first hand the extent of disruption & inconvenience that is being caused to people because of the mindless highway closure order that is in place today,” Omar tweeted.
Pertinently, the history’s first bi-weekly highway lockdown started from wee hours of Sunday. An eyewitness said that there was no movement of civil traffic witnessed except the government forces convoy movement.
Earlier, the State Government of J&K notified specified days in a week for the movement of government forces from Srinagar to Jammu. According to order, during these days, no civilian traffic would be allowed on National Highway.
The government has notified two dedicated days in a week Sunday and Wednesday exclusively for movement of government forces convoys and there would be a complete ban on civilian traffic on the highway during these two days from 4 AM to 5 PM. This prohibition would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur.