Srinagar, July 05, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has strongly condemned the autocratic order of the occupation authorities to restrict the civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway during the Amarnath Yatra. An APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “This is not only ridiculous, humiliating, undemocratic and immoral but also negates the Indian leaders’ own statements that Kashmiri Muslims are supportive and helpful in making the yatra a success.”
He said how strange and illogical is it that those helping Yatris wholeheartedly, instead of being encouraged and rewarded, are strangulated and made to suffer by blocking their vehicular movement. He said roads are means of connectivity and are not only used in normal life but are of prime importance in some desperate and emergency situations also. Curtailing and banning such a basic and fundamental lifeline amounts to gross and unforgivable crime against helpless population, he said.
The spokesman termed it unfortunate and ironic that the permanent residents of the territory are forced not to use their own land connectivity and are made to wait for hours to allow yatra vehicles. He said Kashmiris have never compromised on their tradition of hospitality, brotherhood, communal harmony and social bonding even in the toughest and provocative times and always played a friendly host, whether to a tourist or a pilgrim, who visited Kashmir.
The spokesman appealed to the human rights bodies and peace-loving and conscious people of the world to come forward and rescue the caged and brutalized people of occupied Kashmir.
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