SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), an amalgam of apex trade, industrial, tourism, travel, horticulture and civil society formations, has strongly condemned the finance minister for “falsely” projecting Kashmir anything other than a political issue.
An official statement issued here said that while analysing the speech of the minister at PHD Chamber’s “so-called” event, the members observed that by bringing in “newer bizarre and ridiculous narratives” to the Kashmir dispute, this minister wishes to walk an extra mile to please his bosses by selling off whatever is left of his soul and conscience. “He has actually made himself a laughing stock before a group of ‘ambassadors’ who are all well aware about the 70-year-old internationally acknowledged political dispute of Kashmir which also happens to be an unfinished agenda before United Nations,” the members observed.
“The minister looks to be eying for some higher position by behaving as a new ambassador of New Delhi by making a failed attempt to hoodwink the international community by issuing novel but far from truth discourses,” the members said adding that the chief minister is required to clarify her position in this regard publically.
The JKCC also seeks an explanation from the minister on his “offer of fun and enjoyment” in Kashmir if they decide to invest in this disputed territory.
JKCC questions the wisdom of the said minister when he says that Kashmir should not be seen as a conflict zone, then why is Kashmir declared as a disturbed area with draconian and inhuman laws in place. “The fact of the matter is that Kashmir society is receiving body bags of their kith and kin, day in and day out, brutally killed by forces and is in a state of mourning for past 28 years,” the members informed.
JKCC terms the invitation offers made to the outsiders as funny by the same minister “who has been responsible and instrumental in strangulating all economic sectors of the state by bringing in damaging laws and rules into the state of which the latest being the GST law introduced at the cost of fiscal autonomy of the state”.
The JKCC also views the presence of some Kashmir based business leaders and others as “strange” who “seem to have been used as tools by the said minister with a hidden agenda”.
The JKCC has appealed all business organisations and their leaders to “be vigilant about such agendas and designs perpetrated in the name of economic development”.
“The only way to counter these plots through outside chambers is to remain united. We need to learn from our mistakes and do not repeat these. How can we shut our eyes to whatever is happening around us?” the JKCC said.