SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti to settle Kashmir issue.
The chamber, according to an official statement, demanded the removal of laws like AFSPA which “give licence to the army or security forces to kill anybody and everybody without any accountability” adding that it was “a tool for genocide of Kashmiris”. The memorandum comes in wake of the recent killings in Shopian.
The chamber, according to the statement, further demanded for holding talks with the stakeholders internally and externally viz India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir with regard to settlement of Kashmir “which has a direct bearing on trade, commerce and industry”.
The chamber further alleged that “due to lack of political will there has been no headway for settling Kashmir resulting in not only bloodshed but also resulting in total losses in majority of businesses”.
“Conversion of the killing of little Asifa (8 years old) as communal instead of a criminal case of rape and murder with now elements becoming bolstered by organisations like Hindu Ekta Manch of openly demanding economic blockade of Muslims. Unfortunately, the President of the Hindu Ekta Manch who is also a state committee member of the BJP is spearheading the demand,” it read.
The chamber had recently stated that the only way to stop this was to “settle Kashmir once for all” as it was the duty of the state government.