Attacks On Kashmiris:'Jammu Bandh Led To Violence Against Kashmiris'

SRINAGAR — Holding the Jammu bandh called by its counterparts responsible for targeted violence against Kashmiris, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Tuesday threatened to snap trade ties with “those who are bent upon destroying our nation politically, economically and socially” if the state government failed to bring to justice those who had attacked Kashmiris in Jammu and outside.

Addressing a press conference, senior vice-president KCCI, Nasir Hameed Khan said chamber condemned the decision of their counterparts in Jammu to issue a call for Jammu Bandh on February 15 against the Pulwama attack that later caused arson and violence in the region.  

“Jammu Chamber had earlier agreed to support issues of common interest of trade bodies and not create situations vitiating atmosphere but they have failed to live up to the expectations. There is no doubt that the cause of the violence was the result of Jammu Bandh,” said Khan.  

Khan urged JCCI to adopt “multidimensional thinking before taking any such decisions in future and to exercise restraint and take effective steps to protect regional harmony in the state.” 

He said people must exercise utmost care while uploading content on the social media and not circulate provocative content. 

Khan also urged the state administration to play a firm role in maintaining peace and brotherhood. 

In a statement, the KCCI urged the Jammu Chamber to exercise restraint and take effective steps to protect regional harmony and asked the Governors Administration issue to appropriate orders for reconstitution of the Toll Tax Committee;

“Civil Society of the country should take measures to protect and re-assure our people wherever they may be in the Country. That the print and electronic media be more sensitive to the prevailing situation while reporting news relating to our State and people,” it said.

It also asked people to exercise utmost care while uploading content on the social media and not circulate provocative content.

“In case State machinery fails to bring to justice people who have caused immense harm to our people at Jammu and other States, KCCI has decided to work out other alternatives, in consultation with other stakeholders, which may include snapping of trade ties with those who are bent upon destroying our nation politically, economically and socially. In that eventuality KCCI should not be held responsible,” it said.

 Meanwhile, a delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Nasir Hamid Khan, Senior Vice President held an interaction with the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan. The interaction was with regard to various issues arising out of the prevailing situation. 

Baseer Ahmad Khan informed the delegation of various measures being taken by the administration in Srinagar, Jammu, Delhi and various other places throughout the country to facilitate the stay, travel and safety of people outside Kashmir. 

He informed the delegation that special focus was to ensure that students and travellers moving towards Kashmir from various parts of the Country were not subjected to any harassment and all possible measures including providing accommodation was being done. 

He cautioned that rumours and provocative uploads being circulated on the social media were causing some confusion and he appealed to people to verify all news before circulating it further. He said that liason officers had been appointed in sensitive states who were in constant touch with students and other people and there was no need to worry.

Nasir Hamid Khan brought the issue of shortage of cash at various ATM’s in Jammu to the attention of notice of Baseer Khan. Stranded passengers and others were facing acute shortage of cash due to snapping of internet and curfew in parts of Jammu. The Divisional Commissioner took up the issue with the Chairman, J&K Bank and the ATM’s were operationalised during the course of the meeting itself.

The Divisional Commissioner said that the various helpline numbers for catering to panic calls were available round the clock to the public and they should contact without any hesitation in case of facing any problems or requiring any assistance from the Government.

The delegation included Dr. A M Mir, Junior Vice President and Executive Members Sheikh Imran and Faiz Bakshi.

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