Gen V P Malik terms highway ban a dumb idea

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/11/2019 4:14:14 PM

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JAMMU, Apr 10: Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army General Ved Prakash Malik on Wednesday said that closing the Srinagar-Jammu highway for civil movement is a dumb idea.
In a tweet, the army chief said that ban on the civil movement on the highway is a dumb idea and goes against the core object of winning hearts and minds. He also said that the civil administration of the state must look into the other aspects of the decision as well.
“Kashmir Ban on move of civil vehicles on NH twice a week is a dumb idea. It goes against core object of winning hearts & minds. Civil Adm must weigh pros & cons 3. Instead of strengthening local police & int, & improving move security, shows forces becoming over defensive,” army chief tweeted.
Lauding former Army chief General for calling Kashmir highway ban as a ‘dumb idea’, National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah alleged the decisions in Jammu and Kashmir are being driven more by ego than by logic.
“Kudos to Gen Malik Sahib for calling out the J&K highway closure order for what it is ‘a dumb idea’. Alas decisions in J&K today are being driven more by ego than by logic & it is vanity that is stopping this order from being withdrawn,” Mr Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of J&K, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Earlier, the State Government of J&K notified specified days in a week for the movement of government forces from Srinagar to Jammu. According to order, during these days, no civilian traffic would be allowed on National Highway.
The government has notified two dedicated days in a week Sunday and Wednesday exclusively for movement of government forces convoys and there would be a complete ban on civilian traffic on the highway during these two days from 4 AM to 5 PM. This prohibition would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur.



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