Srinagar, July 3: Shah Faesal, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), on Wednesday said that pilgrims going to the Amarnath Cave shrine are welcome, but the restrictions imposed on locals due to the pilgrimage must be lifted.
“First time in last 30 years SXR-JMU NH (Srinagar-Jammu National Highway) was closed to civilian traffic during elections. Now closed again for Yatra. Those signing orders to stop movement of locals must remember that there will be a day of reckoning. We welcome Yatris to land of Shiva. But this curfew must end,” he tweeted.
The former IAS officer-turned-politician also criticised the decision of the railway authorities to suspend rail services between Qazigund town in Srinagar Valley to Banihal town in the Jammu division from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. till the Amarnath Yatra ends on August 15.