SHOPIAN: After a long wait, joy returned to Shopian market with huge footfall of customers since the shopkeepers and traders faced huge losses this year after frequent protest shutdowns in the backdrop of encounters, civilian killings , clashes and confrontation with forces.
People thronged the markets buying food items, clothes, toys and building material. The shopkeepers and vendors who were hoping a handsome earning on the eve of Eid are happy with huge rush of customers as earlier the district remained shut in protests for almost 60 days after several violent incidents.
“We are happy, as you know the market hardly opened in the town this year but currently we are gaining handsome amount and hope the condition in the district will remain peaceful,” Shabir Ahmad Bhat, a kiryana shopkeeper in Shopian market said.
From past three days, the rush in Shopian is so high that there is no space for passing vehicles in Jamia Masjid area and similarly, a high footfall was witnessed in other parts of the town.
A group of shopkeepers from the town opined that the ceasefire should be continued and a meaningful dialogue should be started by the government so that “people don’t suffer and precious lives don’t go waste”.
“This ceasefire gave us a bit of relief, as we have already witnessed heavy losses due to the shutdowns. If government starts a meaningful dialogue with resistance leadership and Pakistan then peace will automatically prevail here,” Suhail Ahmad, another shopkeeper told Kashmir Reader.
Tariq Ahmad Bhat, a crockery seller said that he has not sold the quantity of itemsin six months he sold this month. “Thank Allah, from couple of weeks we are witnessing good number of customers and we are hopeful the situation in Shopian will get better,” he said.