Downtown gateway a ‘cosmetic measure’,will not yield anything: Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Kashmiri separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday took a jibe at ruling government while saying that opening of the gateway to downtown Srinagar will “not yield anything without addressing the basic issue”.

Terming construction of a gateway as a “cosmetic” measure, Mirwaiz said residents of downtown had to face curfews, restrictions, and harassment. Mirwaiz said attracting people through gateway will not yield anything.

Mirwaiz wrote the Twitter post in wake of the newly constructed gateway to downtown Srinagar named Bab-ul-Iqbal near Baba Dawoodi Khaki bridge.

On Twitter, Mirwaiz said: “Attracting people to downtown by building some gateway, while for decades resorting to revengeful and dictatorial measures of repeatedly subjecting its residents to curfews, restrictions, harassment and what not! cosmetic measures without addressing basic issue will not yield much”.

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