Additional general secretary of National Conference Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal has supported the demand of PSAJK (Private schools association of J&K) that government should exempt school buses and ambulances from restrictive orders during the movement of Army convoy.
In a statement Kamaal said that "In factschool buses and ambulances are given the right of way the world over. In thepresent case the state police particularly its traffic wing is conspicuous bytheir absence on roads."
" During my travel fromJammu to Srinagar by road it was distressing to site of thousands of vehiclesspread over the highway from Qazigund to Srinagar with anxiety writ large onthe face of the passengers/travelers with soldiers wielding sticks menacinglyat each road side crossing and intersection. For me it was a sad day to see ourown army willfully putting people to great and unwarranted inconvenience. Ithas never been done in the past not even in the Indo-Pak wars," Kamaal said.
He urged the stategovernment "not to turn a blind eye to this human rights violation where peopleare being made a scapegoat for something they have not done and that suchstrong arm tactics are inimical to the interests of the state and are downrightinhuman."