India: A complete shutdown is being observed in Kargil against the Ladakh administration’s order denying permits to transporters of the Muslim-majority district to travel on the roads of Buddhist-dominated Leh district.
The four-day strike call from Sunday onwards has been supported by all stakeholders and other bodies including Islamia School Kargil, Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust, Jamiat Ulema Isna Ashriya Kargil, Anjuman Sofia Noorbakshia, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil, Students Association and others.
All Transport Association Kargil has already informed the drivers from Leh and the Kashmir Valley not to enter into the limits of Kargil district. The transporters have been demanding permits for the taxi operators of Kargil to travel across the whole region of Ladakh including Leh district.
President All Transport Association Kargil, Muhammad Ibrahim said that there will be a four-day strike, and if the administration didn’t resolve the issue they will hit to roads. He said their demand is justified and it is their constitutional right to get permit to ply vehicles across the region.
Kargil-based political and social activist Sajjad Kargili in a media interview said that on the one hand Union Terriotry status was imposed by the Modi led Indian government to Ladakh against the wishes of the people of Kargil while on the other hand, transporters are now being deprived of the UT permits which is really very disturbing.
He said that Ladakh administration has become a puppet of Leh transporters.“The irony is that transporters of Kargil district have been directed to ply within the district. It is a direct attack on our economy,” he said adding that a conspiracy is being hatched against a particular community in Jammu and Kashmir.