Omar holds protest sit in against highway ban

MAJID NABI. Dated: 4/11/2019 4:16:03 PM

SRINAGAR, Apr 10: Terming the ban on civilian movement on national highway ‘needless’, National Conference (NC) today held sit-in protest at Pantha Chowk demanding the government to immediately revoke its order.
Led by NC vice-president Omar Abdullah, dozens of party leaders and activists including good number of women appeared at Pantha Chowk area here this afternoon to protest ban on civilian movement on national highway for two days a week.
The slogan shouting NC protesters holding placards in their hands which read “revoke ban on NHW, stop harassing people” sat on dharna at main road near Pantha Chowk demanding government to revisit its decision.
They said the government by banning national highway for civilian traffic has caused inconvenience to general public which is ‘unjustified’.
NC vice-president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah who led the sit-in protest on the occasion asked the government to revoke its decision for larger interest of the people of Kashmir.
He termed the ban on national highway as needless saying the army also distanced itself from the gratuitous decision of the state government.
“This protest is aimed at to convey a message to the state government to revoke its decision as we believe that the ban is needless. Even the army distanced itself from the decision while former army Chief termed it as dumb move,” Omar added.
Commenting on Pakistan premier, Imran Khan’s statement that Modi should win elections in India, Omar said it’s Pakistan that wants Modi to win elections in India.
“Previously it was Modi who was talking to defeat Pakistan and militants now it’s Pakistan that wants Modi to win elections. It would be better if Modi himself responds to this statement of Imran Khan,” said Omar.



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