Srinagar, May 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has condemned imposing toll tax and newly established toll plaza in south Kashmir’s Sangam area of highway.
Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said this move is yet another economical suppression on Kashmiris aimed to cripple Kashmiri people on economic front. He said it is an anti-people measure and will trigger crisis in the valley.
He urged the authorities to withdraw the inhuman ban on public movement on the highway that is causing tremendous hardships for all segments of Kashmiri people and also revoke toll tax charging order on locals and allow freedom of travel.
Ashraf Sehrai, reacting on recently concluded sham parliamentary elections, said more than 90 percent Kashmiris rejected the polls and gave a stern message to Indian government and the international community through a non-violent way that they are only interested in the final resolution of Kashmir dispute. He said time has come to address it in its historical background where people of Kashmir should be allowed to decide their political fate democratically as per their aspirations.
He hailed the unwavering association and commitment of Kashmiris with the movement despite facing continued atrocities. “Kashmir dispute has a historical legacy and it has to be resolved politically, so threats, intimidation and coercion can’t change the reality,” he said. India has to face this reality now. If you have to pursue the military route which has been taken so far, then that is not the way and will only deteriorate the situation. We believe that Kashmir is a political dispute and cannot be resolved by violence or military means, he added.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir’s historical trader organization, Beopar Mandal Maharaj Gunj, in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the imposition of toll tax on movement of the people on highway and termed it an act of minting money from civilians.
He said the recent ban of civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway has already weakened the economy of the valley and now this move of collecting toll tax will further deteriorate the economic stability.
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