SRINAGAR, Apr 5: Questioning the Government over giving least importance to the security of its leaders in the State amid the current uncertain situation, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said that the administration is sadistically singling out the PDP and providing its leaders and contesting candidates least security and vehicles which are in dilapidated condition.
“Such a partial and unconstitutional way of treatment is unacceptable to us and the Government is deliberately jeopardising the security of the PDP leaders. Even our candidates from north and central Kashmir aren’t being provided the requisite security as per the Standard Operating Procedure. We urge the administration to take remedial measures at an earliest,” party general secretary Abdul Haq Khan and MLC Mohd Khurshid Alam said while addressing a joint press conference at party head office here.
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They also strongly opposed the ban imposed for two days every week over vehicular movement on Jammu- Srinagar highway, terming the gag akin to turning Kashmir into a virtual prison. “The order has been issued in haste and without taking into consideration the fact that this highway is the only functional road link connecting the landlocked Valley with the outer world,” duo added.
The PDP leaders further said that ban on civilian traffic on the highway on Sunday and Wednesday every week will turn Kashmir into a virtual prison and fate of business fraternity, students, people associated with tourism will be dreadful.
“Such an anarchic order is new to Kashmir’s modern history. Even when in the year 1999 Kargil war took place, there was no such gag imposed then. One fails to understand what message the Government of India intends to give by issuing such order. On ground, the gag is viewed as anarchic, illegal and reminiscent of the colonial era,” said the PDP leaders.