SRINAGAR, Apr 11: Former Parliamentarian and senior PDP leader, Dr Mehboob Beg has come down heavily on the administration for the recent ‘highway ban’.
“It is shocking and patently illegal 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. That was a time when the rights of the people were trampled brazenly and it was no secret that the rulers intended to rob the people of all the basic human rights, we are in 2019 now, this is shocking,” Beg said.
Beg questioned how the Government and the 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 hand, under the garb of the deteriorating security scenario, they stop the residents from using their own roads. How the two go hand in hand, asked Dr Beg.
Dr Beg further added that BJP’s 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. How does the relationship between J&K and the rest of India survive in the absence of Article 370, asked senior PDP leader.
He said the relationship between J&K and India was negotiated on the basis of certain promises and assurances that were given a Constitutional shape. Revoking any of them will only take us back to square one, he added.
The former Parliamentarian further expressed hope that the Courts would take notice of the fact that the residents of the State were being robbed of their most basic fundamental rights and would restore the same.