Our natural routes blocked, made to depend solely on ‘artificial Jammu-Srinagar highway’, says Mirwaiz

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Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the Hurriyat (M) on Monday said that the due to the closure of ‘natural routes of JK, people have been forced to depend on the ‘artificial Srinagar-Jammu highway’ which mostly remains closed due to adverse weather.

In a tweet, Mirwaiz said, ” Tens of thousands of Kashmiri’s are stranded in Jammu for past one week as the Srinagar Jammu highway is closed and few flights are operating on this sector. People are facing tremendous hardship as their recourses to support themselves are drying up and they are stranded. Their is no support in place for them from those who rule this place and they are left to fend for themselves.”

He added, “No additional flights or accommodation and food till they reach home is provided. It is incumbent upon those who have blocked our natural routes to outside world and made us solely dependent on this artificial route (Jammu Srinagar highway) mostly closed in winter due to weather vagaries, to take responsibility of the dire consequences that people of Kashmir have to face and at least provide them with relief and help till they reach home.”

Meanwhile, Kashmiri passengers stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway had to run for cover after students of a college pelted stones on them.

Passengers, including women and children can be seen running for cover in a two minute video which has gone viral on social media. The incident took place at the Auqaf building in Jammu where the stranded passengers are staying.

A mob of students from the nearby college Science College can been seen running and hurling stones at the Kashmiris stranded there due to the closure of the highway.

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