Srinagar: Chairman of the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Mohammad Yasin Khan said that he had decided to boycott the meeting with Rajnath Singh because “the pro-India parties or politicians are not our leaders.”
Khan said that Singh’s visit a month ago had not “changed anything” in the Valley. “Instead, massive government forces have been rushed to the Valley,” he said.
Khan said that the trade body wanted a “meaningful” dialogue with the genuine leadership of Kashmir, which is “none else than pro-freedom leaders”.
Similarly, president of the Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, said business community had “little” role and the Indian government should talk to the pro-freedom leadership.
“For the last 70 years we have been suffering. Traders have little role to play. We have a leadership. I received a call from divisional commissioner’s office asking me if I want to see the Home Minister? Why should I go see him?” Mir said.
“If we meet him (Singh), what do we bargain for? We won’t bargain our business for 80-year-old or 5-year-old,” he said.
Kashmir Civil Society and Developmental Studies member Shakeel Qalandar said Singh had invited those who have faith in “Kashmiriyat”, “Insaniyat” and “Jamhoriyat”, but
The Government of India was displaying traits of “Haiwaniyat”, “Barbariyat” and “Jabriyat” in Kashmir.
“We decided not to meet him till the Government of India announces a serious dialogue. India has to accept whose writ runs here. Otherwise it is futile meeting them,” he said.
“We have a condition that India should accept Kashmir as a dispute and that it is a political issue and has to be resolved politically. All Haywaniyat, barbariyat and Jabriyat has to end. India is at war with people in Kashmir,” he added.