Kashmir Trade Castigates Govt, Holds Protests

SRINAGAR: Kashmir based traders on Saturday staged protests against “anti-trade and anti-people” of J&K government in Srinagar.

A large number of traders affiliated with Kashmir Traders Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) assembled at Kokerbazar area of Srinagar and carried out a peaceful pro-freedom procession.

The protesting traders carried placards and banners seeking permanent solution to Kashmir problem, revocation of Goods Service Tax (GST). They also castigated the state government for adopting indulgent approach with regard to the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI Act).

Police, however, didn’t allow these protesting traders to march towards city centre Lal Chowk. They were stopped and some of them were arrested.

Earlier, Bashir Ahmed Rather, the president KTMF told CNS that traders’ community will never allow government to create separate Pandit settlements here in Valley. “(Kashmiri) Pandits are welcome here but we will not allow them to settle in separate ghettos,” he said and demanded release of political prisoners.

He said that they oppose the implementation of GST as “it will erode the special status” of Jammu and Kashmir.

Rather alleged that the successive governments in Jammu and Kashmir have “adopted anti-trade policies” that have pushed the Kashmir economy to wall.








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