Calls for protests after Friday prayers
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the proposed implementation of GST in the state saying it is a well-thought-out plan to “cripple our trade and economy”.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the state authorities are hell-bent on harming the business community. “Few state ministers are in league with authorities in Nagpur and are being lured to implement (the) GST in state,” they said.
They also condemned the ransacking of properties during night raids in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and called for peaceful protest after Friday prayers besides demanding immediate release of all political prisoners.
“State authorities have waged a war on innocent civilians,” they said, adding that New Delhi is not serious in resolving Kashmir issue.
Reacting sharply over the raids conducted by NIA, the leaders said, “Indian government is frustrated to the extent that they frame and raid residences of pro-freedom leaders and activists.”
The leadership warned authorities of public protest if these “repressive” tactics are not stopped forthwith. They said instead of releasing those arrested last year, their detention period is prolonged on one pretext or the other.
“Instead of facilitating their release in this holy month of Ramadhan, the prisoners are detained in far-flung areas of Jammu,” they said and demanded immediate release of all prisoners ahead of Eid.