Srinagar: The Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan said on Monday that the NIA raids on business houses in Kashmir and the reporting of the raids by New Delhi-based news channels were a conspiracy to crush the economy of Kashmir.
Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF), said that after wounding the people of Kashmir with human rights abuses, the government wants to bleed the economy. Khan said the NIA raids were aimed at crushing the economy of Kashmir and the civil society and political parties must seriously look into the matter and look for a way out.
“Kashmir Inc is being systematically dragged towards destruction through such conspiracies,” Khan said. He said instead of promoting business and tourism activities, the government wants to frighten the business community through pressure tactics of NIA raids.
Khan also expressed serious concern over statements of some mainstream politicians, including ministers, who have been exclusively defending one particular businessman in the wake of NIA raids.
“One of the minister defends one particular businessman and says that the state government is on the same page with the central government over raids. If this is so, why shed crocodile tears?” Khan asked.
Khan appealed to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to make her stand clear on the issue, given the impact of the raids on business houses. “She must personally look into the matter because otherwise things are headed towards chaos and destruction,” Khan said.
Khan also appealed to the CM’s Grievance Cell headed by Tasaduq Mufti to look into the matter.