Srinagar: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Monday castigated the Government of India for “starving the people of all basic necessities” due to the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
The chairman said that since 1947 it is a “deliberate policy” to seal all other natural and traditional routes and “choke” Kashmiri people to make them into submission by making them dependent on “unnatural” route.
“We are deliberately made to strive, as is the case with closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Our natural routes have been blocked, and people have to understand this conspiracy. Our resources are being looted and illegally exploited. Jammu and Kashmir is rich in natural resources, which is a guarantee for our secure future,” Sehrai said.
“But despite being rich in natural resources, occupied Kashmir is being kept under-developed intentionally, and it is the policy by the Government of India to make Kashmir’s more and more dependent and ensure that we don’t become self-reliant. India is strengthening its economic position by exploiting natural resources of the occupied territory,” he added.
Expressing serious concern over the plight of thousands of stranded passengers due to the continuous closure of the highway, Sehrai has demanded the rescue of these passengers to their respective destinations.
“These passengers are stranded on highway and at Jammu without food and shelter. At the same time Airline companies started their brazen loot as they sky rocketed Airfare that too under the nose of government which has added to the miseries of people,” the chairman said.
Meanwhile, Tehreek- e-Hurriyat has strongly denounced the continuous house arrest of its chairman Mohd Ashraf Sehrai and arresting of party workers Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Ashraf Laya and other activists on the anniversaries of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru. They said that such “undemocratic tactics” will not deter pro-freedom leadership from pursuing the “just cause”.