SRINAGAR: Reacting sharply to civilian killings in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president Mohammad Yasin Khan questioned the government’s silence over the “systematic implementation of some deep rooted conspiracy in Kashmir”.
Khan, who also heads Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), in a statement said, “The killing of innocent civilians including a 14-year-old boy is a clear cut message that government is executing systematic mowing down of people of Kashmir (and it is) part of a deep rooted conspiracy. If our children continue to be unsafe, then we can go to any extent.”
Those at the helm should realise it and refrain from testing our patience anymore, Khan said, adding that the “systematic” killing of Kashmiris needs an immediate end else this “pre-programmed genocide” will backlash in the form of a never before agitation the onus of which will on the government and its trigger happy forces.
“Government was answerable as to why these gruesome murders are allowed,” the trade leader said.
He prayed for peace to the departed souls and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.
Meanwhile, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) also condemned the civilian killings, termed these as “highly condemnable”.
“The killings could have been avoided had the government stopped its operations,” KCCI said in a statement.
“On one side, the CM is pleading before the highest authority of the government of India to get all this stopped, and on another side, we are getting body bags. This is unacceptable,” the trade body said.
It said the use of pellet guns have again resulted in eye injuries which clearly shows that no SOP is being followed. “All these things are happening (under the cover of) AFSPA and other repressive draconian laws.”
KCCI demanded starting of “negotiations” with Hurriyat Confrence and other stakeholders without any preconditions on both sides.