SRINAGAR: Condemning the killing of 27-year-old youth in CRPF firing, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Saturday said elections at the “cost of Kashmiris blood” are unacceptable to the business community.
KEA, an amalgam of the Valley based traders’ bodies, held its executive committee meeting in which its all 14 constituents and district representatives took part, denounced “reckless killing of an innocent youth at the end of sham elections,” calling it as a deliberate attempt to thwart the tourism and business of the Valley.
Chairman of KEA, Mohammad Yasin Khan said the business and trade of Kashmir is going into doldrums.
“With unabated killings and curfews enforced on us, how will our trade flourish,” Khan said and hastened to add, “If the situation continues to be like this KEA will ask the people to come out on streets and government of India has to take the responsibility for that.”
KEA spokesperson Siraj Ahmad while blaming the lack of government’s accountability said, “Trigger happy cops are killing Kashmiris for sport.”
He said the killing of a civilian and the subsequent curfews have ruined another year of tourism.
The members of the KEA also spoke in detail about the other issues confronting the businesses of the Valley, particularly horticulture and tourism.
District president Shopian, Ghulam Nabi Turray said the Rs 600 crore fruit industry of the Valley is being deliberately ruined by supplying substandard and spurious pesticides and fertilizers.
“Making licenses an excuse, government banned quality tree spray oil from reputed companies and provided contract to an unknown Chandigarh based company for unknown reasons,” Turray said, adding “fish oil has been declared obsolete and ineffective by most of western apple producing countries.”