The Kashmir Economic Alliance (K), Jamia Market Traders’ Federation and Hari Singh High Street Traders’ Association Tuesday urged the people of Kashmir to make the March 4 strike call given by KTMF successful.
KTMF President Muhammad Yasin Khan has given the strike call to protest “delay in rehabilitation of flood hit traders”.
Chief spokesperson, KEA-K, Siraj Ahmad said: “We have no option but to take to streets and protest against the discrimination. Post-floods our economy is in doldrums but there is no relief from the state government while the central government has played a cruel joke with us in the name of relief.”
“We appeal people of Kashmir to make this strike call a success so that the message is conveyed to those at the helm,” Ahmad said.
The HSHS Traders Association has also expressed their support to the KTMF strike call. General Secretary, HSHS Traders Association, Sheikh Usman Afzal said: “All the traders of our association are requested to observe complete shutdown and join protest demonstrations at Lal Chowk.”
The Jamia Market Traders Federation (JTMF) has extended full support to the strike call. “We are not supporting any federation. We are supporting the cause of this strike which is to seek rehabilitation of the affected traders and thousands of other Kashmiris,” JTMF President Javaid Ahmed Zargar said in a meeting of the traders.
He said since floods hit Kashmir the JTMF has been calling on various flood hit communities particularly traders to support their rehabilitation.
“We appeal those associated with the traders’ fraternity to forge unity in their ranks for the cause of much needed rehabilitation,” Zargar said.
He appealed the old city traders to make the strike call a success. Others who attended the meeting include General Secretary Tariq Ahmed Masoodi, and other executive members including Muhammad Garooq Jan, Shabir Ahmed Mir, Abdul Waheed Makhdoomi, Muneer Ahmed Khan, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, Farooq Ahmed Korpal, Ghula Ahmed Wani, Aftab Ahmed Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed Dar and chief spokesperson Javid Ahmed Kapra.
Traders Coordination Committee Zaina Kadal President Muhammad Ashraf Wani also supported the call.
Meanwhile the KTMF Media Head Farhan Kitab appealed the traders to make the strike call a success to achieve much needed rehabilitation of traders.