Srinagar: A prominent section of business fraternity in Kashmir has assured full support to the pro-freedom leadership in the raging anti-India uprising and expressed willingness to face economic loss without remorse while resisting and protesting against the “worst ever humanitarian crises unleashed by the government forces in Kashmir”.
“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 programme called by the pro-freedom leadership,” Muhammad Yasin Khan, President of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation said after a meeting attended by district presidents of Baramulla, Shopian, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Handwara, Sopore, Tral, Islamabad, Kulgam, Bandipora, Budgam and Srinagar.
Heads of Kashmir Goods Transport and Companies Association, All Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association, Kashmir Chemists and Druggists Association, J&K Contractors Coordination Committee, Kashmir Floor Mills Association and Kashmir Minerals and Lessee Association were also present at the meeting.
“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 fourteen-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 that instead of feeling guilty of the atrocities the PDP-led government has pampered the trigger-friendly forces, which is more painful for the people. “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.
Khan 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 an ATM guard in Srinagar, a 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 pay no heed to rumours, which the Indian agencies were 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.
Interestingly, Yasin Khan was under flak for meeting Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her residence in the initial phase of the uprising after the killing of Burhan Wani. He later apologized to the people for being part of a civil society delegation.