Sacked employees get support from many quarters

Srinagar: Even as the government has tightened noose around its employees in Kashmir –sacking at least a dozen of them and filing dossiers against hundreds of others, the community has got support from various quarters including separatists and the civil society –thereby furthering the wave of unity in the restive Valley.

During the past weeks of unrest, the separatists would often complain that the government employees were not adhering to the protest calendar by attending to their official duties. A similar voice was doing the rounds in the civil society circles, as well.

But the government action against its employees has triggered wave of sympathy in favor of the “victimized community.”

Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, spearheading the ongoing agitation, who was otherwise on the forefront, complaining against employees for “defying the  popular sentiment” has taken yet another lead; this time to support the government employees.

Terming the government action “revengeful and inhuman”, Geelani said it is “most unfortunate and undemocratic to punish employees just for raising their voice against atrocities on people.”

In a separate statement, his Hurriyat colleague and senior separatist leader Shabir Shah said employees are the respectable part of our society and “we won’t leave them at the mercy of the situation”.

If this is the response of the separatist leaders, the Kashmir Inc has equally come forward in support of the employees.

Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan , who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation in a handout said the entire business fraternity of Kashmir stands by the government employees. He also sought support from lawyers, media fraternity and other voices in the civil society to join hands to support the employees fraternity, in this hour of crises.

“Government employee, trader, transporter or salesman, we are one voice in this hour of crises… Unity is strength and thus we need to be united,” Khan told Kashmir Observer.

Prominent businessman and former President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Dr Mubeen Shah said key to such situations always lies in unity. “Certainly all Kashmiris should come out in support.

“I hope that all employees in the government will support their colleagues and force the government to take back all these deplorable orders... All segments of society have to stick together to push back the ideology,” he added.

The mainstream parties including Congress and the National Conference have also come in support of the employees.  Congress dubbed the move of Jammu and Kashmir government to sack employees allegedly involved in pro-freedom protests as “political vendetta”.

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