Highway ban shocking, illegal: Mehboob Beg

Srinagar, Apr 11: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehboob Beg on Thursday said that the ban of civilian movement on the Jammu and Kashmir highway is not only shocking but illegal as well.
“It not only shocking but patently illegal as well that we are being enslaved and asked to refrain from using our national highway. I find it hard to draw a parallel to this even if I go back to the times when India was ruled by the British,” Beg said, in a statement
He asked how the government and administration seek to justify the contradicting stands.
“On one hand they have declared Jammu and Kashmir fit for holding Parliament elections and on the other side under the garb of the deteriorating security scenario they stop the residents from using their own roads. How do the two go hand-in-hand,” Beg asked.
“This does not only trample the very basic human rights, but also affects Kashmir’s financial health,” said Beg.
Beg also lashed out at the BJP, saying its growing clamor for removing Article 370/35-A was a very dangerous election gimmick, the repercussions of which the BJP itself does not seem to understand.
While the army stationed in the Valley has said they don’t have any information about the closure of the highway, the outgoing union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that he would not revoke the order banning the civilian movement.
According to the order issued last week, the highway from Baramulla in north Kashmir to Udhampur in Jammu will remain closed every Wednesday and Sunday till May 31 to ensure movement of the forces’ personnel for the election purpose.