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J&K Highway Ban Widens Centre-Kashmir Rift

The ban on civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway widens the Centre-Kashmir rift

J&K Highway Ban Widens Centre-Kashmir Rift
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J&K Highway Ban Widens Centre-Kashmir Rift
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2019-04-12T11:35:18+05:30

It’s a move that would almost certainly impact daily lives in Kashmir. The recent order to bar, till May 31, civilian traffic on a 270-km stretch of the Srinagar-Jammu highway betw­een Udhampur and Baramulla every week on Wednesdays and Sundays for smooth, and exc­lusive, passage of security forces’ convoys is also without precedent. The Jammu and Kashmir government cited security concerns—emanating from the Pulwama suicide bomb attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 on the highway—as the reason to restrict civ­ilian traffic. The highway is Kashmir’s lifeline, connecting different districts of the Valley; its closure shuts out all business-related travel on these two days. The highway has over 70 cross-roads leading to the interiors; with the highway’s closure Kashmiris would be confined to their homes.

While the public is seething with helpless anger, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah is indignant. “The road was not closed even during the Kargil war,” he says. People’s...

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