“People should defy the order; we will challenge the order in the court”
Srinagar, 7 March: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President and former Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has termed the government order imposing restrictions on civilian traffic movement on the Udhampur – Baramulla National Highway twice a week as unacceptable and asked people to defy it.
Mehbooba, while leading party leaders and activists in defiance of the order in Srinagar asserted that Delhi can’t dictate when the people of Kashmir should travel and they shouldn’t.
“Kashmir is no Palestine and Delhi can’t dictate terms of our travel like Israel. Kashmir belongs to its people and they are free to choose when and where to travel,” Mehbooba said.
Mehbooba also announced that PDP would challenge the order in the court.
Later, addressing party worker’s conventions in Beerwa Budgam and Pattan in Baramulla, Mehbooba asked people to defy the order and assured them of all support against any coercive action by the government as a result of such defiance.
“Delhi and its people in the state can’t suppress the people of Kashmir. They want to turn the valley into an open prison. We won’t let it happen. I urge all of you to rise against such a repressive measure, defy this order and you have our support in doing so,” she said.