Srinagar: The Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) on Thursday asked the government to choose between lawless gags on internet and trader’s rejection to submit their sales tax details.
In a statement KTMP president Muhammad Yasin Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders Economic Alliance said that the internet gag has been imposed at a time when the business community has to submit the quarterly sales tax returns and other similar details to concerned quarters mainly online.
“Given the internet gag we are unable submit returns online. Even if the internet is working the speed is so slow that we are unable to upload any files on the concerned websites. Since the ban is being imposed by the PDP led government it must get the date of submission of returns extended accordingly because in the given circumstances we’re unable to work in accordance with the rules. Onus of any such act will lie on the government,” Khan said.
Terming the ban on social media as “lawless and senseless approach”, Khan said the government move will lead to major loss for the businessmen whose work was dependant on social media. “Many of our youth have been running their business ventures through social media but this government wants Kashmir to be doomed,” Khan said.
He dared the government to impose same curbs in Jammu as well where saffron forces have unleashed a reign of terror on Muslims. “Why Jammu region has been exempted from his ban where provocative anti-Muslim sentiment is being fuelled through internet and social media?”