The Jammu and Kashmir government, on Tuesday, announced that the Wednesday’s ban on the movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway would be lifted on 13 May. However, the restrictions on Sundays would continue.
An official spokesman announced on Tuesday evening that the prohibition on civilian traffic on this stretch would now be only on Sunday.
These restrictions were ordered following the terror attack at a CRPF convoy at Pulwama where more than 40 jawans were killed. Another such unsuccessful attempt was made in the Banihal area of the Jammu division.
The spokesman said that the local administration would continue to facilitate the movement of civilian traffic as has been happening so far, including by allowing public transport of JKSRTC buses to move during the period of restriction on the NH.
A complete review of remaining restrictions on the Highway would be done subsequently.
The Government stated that the purpose of these restrictions is in the larger interest of the security of everyone and appealed to the people to extend full cooperation in the smooth regulation of traffic. The restrictions strike a balance between the needs of people and inconvenience caused to them on one side and the needs of security forces. The restrictions will continue to be reviewed on a real-time basis and modifications will be made as necessary in the coming days.
The Supreme Court had, on Tuesday, turned down a plea against these restrictions.