SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has said it is “disgusted” while going through the statement of finance minister Haseeb Drabu at a function hosted by PHD chamber of commerce at Delhi.
“The comment made by him (Drabu) terming Kashmir as a social issue is far from the truth when whole world recognises it as a political issue pending for a solution for the last 70 years,” the KCCI said in a statement.
“For the past 70 years, our economy has become a victim of non-settlement (of Kashmir dispute) which our organisation has pointed out recently in a memorandum to the chief minister and the reason for our failure to take advantage of our resources which can make us economically independent in the shortest possible time,” the statement said.
“We think this is the reason to promote such organisations like PHD Chamber of Commerce in Kashmir who have no locus standi locally and is represented by maximum of total membership of not more than a score. We appeal to our local businessmen who have become a part of such organisations to come forward with its view on such issues publicly or we will all infer that they do not consider Kashmir as a political issue yet to be settled.”
KCCI said that PDP in its agenda of alliance has recognised the fact of the settlement of Kashmir by talking to all stakeholders internally and externally and as such, the finance minister has done a “great disservice” to not only to his own party but to people of Kashmir.