Yatra decades old affair, why traffic curbs this time: Hurriyat (M)

The Hurriyat Conference (M) Thursday asked the Governor Satya Pal Malik led administration that Amarnath yatra had been a decades old phenomenon but why have unprecedented curbs been imposed on civilian traffic during the ongoing yatra this year.

The Hurriyat (M) also decided to constitute a committee that will explore possibilities for facilitating return of Kashmiri Pandits.

A delegation of Pandits had met the chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq last week and another delegation met Hurriyat leaders at Hurriyat’s Rajbagh headquarters in Srinagar on Thursday.

According to a Hurriyat leader present in the meeting, the participants condemned restrictions on civilian traffic, including tourist vehicles, on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and suspension of train services.

“The Hurriyat leaders stated that yatris have always been welcomed by the people of Kashmir who have facilitated the smooth conduct of pilgrimage and lend support to it. All the participants stressed that time and again Kashmiris are subjected to harassment and inconvenience as the highway is shut for them on one pretext or the other,” the leader said.

Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Musadiq Adil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza were among the prominent leaders who participated in the meeting.