Among 18 duty magistrates posted at intersections to clear travel of civilians during the highway ban days, Mohd Shafi deals with angry tourists, students, patients and two ex-CMs. A welcome relief: some biryani.
Baramulla and Jammu together polled 57.35 per cent, compared to 56.7 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Voter turnout in all states was over 50 per cent, and more than 60 per cent in as many as 14 states.
While the authorities said Friday they would allow schoolchildren, government employees and emergency services to use the highway after taking permission, there is no clarity on how this would be enforced.
To facilitate the movement of security convoys, government has banned civilian traffic twice a week (from 4 am to 5 pm on Sunday and Wednesday) on the 270-km national highway stretch from Udhampur in Jammu to Baramulla in Kashmir.
“Happy to welcome well known tribal rights activist Chowdhary Talib Hussain into PDP today. He fought tirelessly to ensure justice... at the cost of his personal safety. Im confident he will work tirelessly towards our vision for a khushaal J&K,” PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.