SRINAGAR: Traders in Kashmir Valley on Tuesday asked governor to end human rights abuses in Kashmir, ensure security of Kashmiri students studying outside, and to rehabilitate the flood-hit traders.
According to a statement issued here, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Khan, who is also the chairman of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), raised the demands in his meeting with governor N N Vohra.
“You are the face of New Delhi in Kashmir. As such, you must bring an end to the human rights abuses in Kashmir. Be strict with the offenders and initiate an impartial probe that serves deterrent for such heinous acts,” Khan said.
Condemning the civilian killings in Pulwama, Khan urged governor to “ensure such the unending cycle of rights abuse stops”.
Raising the issue of rehabilitation of flood-hit traders, he said the “delay and deceit” tactic adopted by the government was “regrettable”.
“Rs 800-crore package, as announced by New Delhi, is insult to our injuries. This is not even peanuts. Our business community suffered losses over Rs 35,000 crore. You were governor at the time when Omar Abdullah-led government drafted a demand of Rs 44,000 crore. Everything proved farce,” Khan said.
“Apart from extension of moratorium period as needed by the business community, particularly traders, the release of Rs 120 crore from the chief minister’s relief fund, as promised by former CM Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, was also pending.”
Khan said KTMF and KEA were committed to the cause of “decent rehabilitation” of the flood-hit traders.
“The business community would fight tooth and nail for their rights.”
Over the ongoing JNU row, Khan expressed apprehensions that “non-Kashmiri students linked to the case might be exonerated only to book Kashmiris”.
“The ongoing controversy seems to be a part of RSS game plan to finally tighten the noose around Kashmiri students studying in various Indian states. There is a dire need of your intervention so that our children studying outside are safe,” he said.
“Governor assured all the issues as discussed would be resolved and that the pending amount of Rs 120 crore would be released without any delay,” he said.