Highway ban: Mehbooba warns Delhi against turning relation with Kashmir into ‘Israel-Palestine’ clash

Reiterating her call to defy the highway ban, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday warned Delhi against turning relation with Kashmir into an Israel-Palestine type confrontation.

“Jammu and Kashmir’s relation with New Delhi is not like a Palestine-Israel relation. If New Delhi wants to convert our relation like the Palestine-Israel then they have to be ready for a Palestinian situation as well,” Mehbooba said while talking to reporters near Pantha Chowk.

Asking people to defy the highway ban, Mehbooba said this was another attempt to subjugate the people of Jammu and Kashmir, their economy and rights.

“I have earlier said this as well. People should drive their vehicles on the highway to defy the order. We will see who does what,” said Mehbooba.

While the army stationed in the Valley has said they don’t have any information about the closure of the highway, the outgoing union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that he would not revoke the order banning the civilian movement.

According to the order issued last week, the highway from Baramulla in north Kashmir to Udhampur in Jammu will remain closed every Wednesday and Sunday till May 31 to ensure movement of the forces’ personnel for the election purpose.

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