Srinagar, April 20: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday lifted the restrictions on civilian movement partially between Srinagar and Baramulla on NH-44 and stated in their statement that it would be limited only to Sunday with effect from April 22. On Wednesday there would be no prohibition on civilian traffic on Wednesday, it added.
However, in their statement, the government made it clear that restrictions would continue between Srinagar and Udhampur on NH-44 as earlier. It said, "These (restrictions) would be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as to the need for restriction reduces. A complete review of restrictions would be done after the last phase of elections on May 6." Jammu And Kashmir National Highway Not Closed For Civilians, Clarifies MHA.
Following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 this year, where 40 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed when an explosive-laden vehicle rammed into their convoy, the Union Home Ministry On April 7 imposed a restriction on the civilian movement on the Jammu-Srinagar highway twice a week - Wednesday and Sunday.
Since the inception of these restrictions, politics around on the matter gained momentum. National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah to People Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti had slammed this move, stating these restrictions would increase the problems of the valley.