Govt killing youth, business with same bullet: Kashmir traders’ body

Srinagar:  Condemning the killing of youth in Naidhal area of Baramulla district today morning, the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) said that the “government was killing the people of Kashmir and business with same bullet.”

“The youth was killed in government action as troops went berserk when earlier people were angry with the forces having stopped ferrying of fruit laden vehicles.  This is a clear cut message that government wants to kill the people of Kashmir from all sides through all means,” said KEA Chairman Mohammad Yasin Khan.

Khan, who also heads Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), said this while chairing a meeting of the business fraternity from south and central Kashmir areas like Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, Pampore, Baramulla, Kakapora, Kulgam,and Tral.

Apart from traders, transporters, hoteliers, chemists, druggists, hoteliers and industrialists were also present, said a statement.

While reiterating full support to the Hurriyat’s protest calendar, Khan said New Delhi should read the writing on the wall and go for lasting solution of Kashmir through dialogue all with real stakeholders, particularly the Hurriyat leadership.

“Any dialogue in the absence of Hurriyat is futile,” he said to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Khan said that the visit of all-party delegation would be futile unless New Delhi takes Hurriyat on board for dialogue.

He said the government speaks of schooling when “our children have been blinded, hospitalized for wounds or arrested for torture” by forces, who want to “crush public sentiment through use of force”.

“Use of force is no solution to Kashmir but honest dialogue can be,” he said.

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