Srinagar, Apr 10: National Conference (NC) leaders and workers
on Wednesday took to the streets to protest against the ban on highway on
civilian movement twice a week.
The protest was led by party’s vice President and former chief
minister Omar Abdullah in which NC’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar,
Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Peer Afaq, Tanvir Sadiq, Salman Sagar
and Ahsan Pardesi also participated.
The protesters assembled at Pantha Chowk here and marched
towards the highway, which was banned for the day for civilian movement for the
Chanting slogans against ban on highway, the protesters demanded
government to lift the ban at an earliest so that people could heave a sigh of
Later, protesters led by Omar also staged a sit-in dharna at
highway here to demand the revocation of the order.
Omar demanded the ban on civilian movement on highway on every
Wednesdays and Sundays be revoked immediately so that the sufferings of people
will come to an end.
He said that the order must be reconsidered, terming it as
‘Tughlaqi farmaan’, saying there was no need to impose the restrictions along
Pertinently, an order was issued by the government, directing
that no civilian traffic will be allowed to move from Baramulla in north
Kashmir to Udhampur in Jammu region on Sundays and Wednesdays till May 31.
The restrictions on civilian traffic on the 271-km highway will
remain in force from 4 am to 5 pm, the government had said.
Omar further stated that even the former Army chief General V P
Malik has termed the decision as ‘a dumb idea’. “Today’s protest is aimed to
convey our demand to the government to demand revocation of ban on highway,” he