National Conference vice president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned that if security forces safely move by banning traffic for two days a week, then why the forces are allowed to move for the rest of the five days also.
He said that the ban on civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway shows the people’s disconnect with the Governor’s administration and must be revoked at the earliest.
Admitting that because of his stature, he personally didn’t feel any inconvenience, but he saw students and patients trapped at various places while driving from Srinagar to Uri. “Dr Farooq Abdullah led a token sit in on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Srinagar. No popular government could have even thought about banning civilian traffic on the national highway.”
Saying that necessity for imposing such a ban on movement of civilian traffic on Kashmir highway didn’t arise anytime in the last 30 years of militancy, Omar said, “I don’t think the situation is too bad to impose the ban on the movement of civilian traffic and better for the Governor’s administration to withdraw the ban immediately and forthwith.”