SRINAGAR: Prominent trade bodies of Kashmir have called for a valley-wide shutdown on Monday against the NIA summons issued to President of Kashmir Traders Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) Mohammad Yasin Khan.
The National Investigation Agency has asked Yasin to present himself for questioning at its headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.
Talking to reporters, acting KTMF president Manzoor Ahmad said on Saturday that the aim behind the summons is to muzzle the voice of Kashmiri traders. He said these acts of the government will not dismay the traders and they will find a way to fight against these.
“My great leader Yasin sahab is a public figure. Summoning him is an attack on 50 lakh traders. We are ready to cooperate in any form of investigation, but this way is not only disrespectful but intimidating, too. We have called for a shutdown on Monday, and if anything happens to our leader, we will issue a protest programme across the Valley,” Manzoor said.
Manzoor was accompanied at the press conference by KTMF general secretary Bashir Kongposh, Vice President of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Mohammad Iqbal Tramboo, Muhammad Ashraf Mir of Federation of Chambers of Industries, Aijaz Shahdar, spokesperson of Kashmir Traders Federation, Showkat Chowdry, President of Kashmir Economic Forum, and representatives of other trade bodies.
Iqbal Tramboo said that the NIA is a government tool to target the largest trade body of Kashmir. He said the traders were not afraid of any investigation, but the way Yaseen has been summoned has made them feel harassed and intimidated.
“NIA has an office in the Kashmir Valley. They should have come here and questioned him. Summoning him to New Delhi is an act of intimidation. Monday is a day of solidarity to show that the summons has not been issued to Yasin sahab but to all traders of the Valley,” Tramboo said.