SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has condemned the unabated civilian killings during operations conducted in civilian areas.
KCCI in a statement said the Chamber has time and again voiced its concern over the conduct of operations in civilian areas which acts as a provocation to general public.
“This tactic has been tried, tested and has absolutely failed to achieve any tangible results. On the contrary, the situation on the ground is fast slipping out of hand and we fear that the continuance of such operations is only aimed at manufacturing of a war-like situation only for political gains,” it said.
“Any loss of life is a cause of concern and it cannot be business as usual for us. Civilian deaths are unacceptable and should not be allowed to be a regular feature of every operation,” the Chamber said.
KCCI said it had supported the initiation of offers of dialogue with stakeholders and the non-initiation of operations during the holy month of Ramadan. “The need and possibility of talks was acknowledged by all but in the absence of any formal follow-up, the offer only resulted in creating doubts and ambiguities in the minds of most stakeholders,” it said.
“There are disturbing reports about the huge financial rewards being the reason for having created a vested interest which directly benefits from the escalation in violence. Reports suggest that youth, students and educated individuals are pushed and provoked to feed the flourishing bounty industry,” the Chamber said.
“We demand conclusive investigation and accountability in every case of death and maiming. Over a period of time, probes and commissions of enquiries have been announced in hundreds of cases of murder and maiming; but sadly none of them has satisfied the ends of justice, which is a matter of shame and concern. Someone in the long chain of command has to be accountable.”
The KCCI said it believes that the conflict is essentially political and military solutions have their limitations. “Only a serious and sustained dialogue with stakeholders can help in arriving at a resolution,” it said.
“The dialogues initiated earlier have been totally lacking seriousness and appear to be cosmetic in nature which has aggravated the situation. There is a dire need to reach out to all stakeholders to find ways and means of controlling the chaos. Domination and bullying tactics have so far only proved counterproductive and we feel that the time has come to acknowledge the presence of the elephant in the room and proceed to address the legitimate aspirations of the people based on historical facts and to honour commitments made,” KCCI said.