Calls dialogue without pro-freedom leadership futile; condemns youth’s killing
SRINAGAR: Business fraternity of Kashmir on Wednesday once again resolved to provide “full support” to the protest programmes given by the unified pro-freedom leadership as part of the ongoing anti-India uprising.
A statement issued here by Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) said that its chairman, Muhammad Yasin Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), chaired a meeting of the business fraternity from south and central Kashmir areas including Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, Pampore, Baramulla, Kakapora, Kulgam, and Tral.
Representatives of Kashmir Transport Welfare Association, Kashmir Goods Transport Companies, J&K contractors committee, All Chemists & Distributors Association, and traders’ presidents from Shopian, Baramulla, Tral, Kakapora, Pampore, Budgam, Anantnag, and Kulgam were part of the meeting, it said.
Ensuring “full support” to the pro-freedom leadership’s protest programme, Khan, as per the statement, said that New Delhi should read the writing on the wall and go for a lasting solution of Kashmir through dialogue with all “real stakeholders, particularly the Hurriyat leadership”.
“Any dialogue in the absence of Hurriyat is futile,” he said, addressing the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Khan said all party delegation visiting Kashmir would be futile unless New Delhi takes Hurriyat onboard for dialogue.
Referring to PDP-led government as “stooges remote controlled by Nagpur”, he said that the government speaks of schooling when the children in Kashmir have been blinded, hospitalized, or arrested by government forces that “want to crush public sentiment through use of force”. “Use of force is no solution to Kashmir but honest dialogue can be,” he said.
The KEA chairman also condemned the killing of youth in Naidhal, Baramulla, saying, “Now the government is killing the people of Kashmir and business with same bullet”.
“The youth was killed in government action as troops went berserk when earlier people were angry with the forces having stopped ferrying of fruit-laden vehicles. This is a clear cut message that government wants to kill the people of Kashmir from all sides through all means,” chairman KEA, Mohammad Yasin Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), said in a statement issued here.