Srinagar: Extending full support to the peoples agitation led by the joint resistance, Kashmir business fraternity on Tuesday said it was willing to “sacrifice” the businesses because the atrocities, which have evolved into worst ever humanitarian crises unleashed by the government forces was “intolerable”.
“Kashmir is a dispute and needs to be resolved for sustainable peace in the subcontinent. Business fraternity representing various forums unanimously resolve full support to the peaceful protest program called by the pro-freedom leadership,” said the representatives of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation led by President Muhammad Yasin Khan and the KEA district presidents in a joint meeting.
The KEA district presidents of Baramulla, Shopian, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Handwara, Sopore, Tral, Islamabad, Kulgam, Bandipora, Budgam and Srinagar were present on the occasion while others forums were represented by heads of Kashmir Goods Transport & Companies Association, All Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association, Kashmir Chemists & Drugs Association, J&K Contractors Coordination Committee, Kashmir Floor Mills Association and Kashmir Minerals & Lessee Association.
“The meeting resolved that atrocities unleashed on the people of Kashmir by the Mehbooba Mufti led government were intolerable to any human society and that a generation was being lost to brutalities made by the government,” they said.
Referring to the killing of at least 57 unarmed civilians and injuries to over 6000 others, Khan said, “From four-year-old school girl Insha of Shopian who lost her vision, hundreds of people have lost eyesight, while others have been badly wounded by the deadly pellet guns, which even Israel does not use in Palestine.”
“We are willing to sacrifice our business for the cause of solution to Kashmir but the atrocities as being unleashed by the forces is intolerable,” he said.
Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance, said what is more pinching that instead of feeling guilty of the atrocities the PDP-led government has pampered the trigger-friendly forces. “The kind of support the state government offered to murder accused Dy sp Yasir Qadri should serve an eye-opener that this coalition is for atrocities and supports every oppressor,” Khan said.
Taking at dig at the Chief Minister, he said it was unfortunate that Mehbooba on reaching New Delhi termed the bloodbath in Kashmir as “Halla Gulla” only to keep her masters in Nagpur happy.
Referring to the recent killing of poor ATM guard in Srinagar and another biker in Anantnag, Khan said there was visible design in the pattern of killings. “This is an attempt to scare the people but let the government understand that we are a resilient nation,” Khan said.
Stressing that unity was need of the hour, he asked the people to give no heed to rumours, which the agencies are spreading to create wedge.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Nadrendra Modi, Khan said New Delhi’s bias towards Kashmir is exposed. “Modi speaks about the terror brigade codenamed Gau Rakshak but he didn’t break his silence over massacre in Kashmir for exactly a month.”
The meeting asked the people not to unnecessarily drive any vehicles during the hartal spell and the relaxation period should be equally availed for shopping and other necessary work. The KTMF said the markets would strictly adhere to the relaxation calendar.
Meanwhile Khan in a separate handout condemned the continued detention of JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and demanded his immediate release.