Reacting sharply to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad threat of another 2008-like economic blockade to Kashmir, the Kashmir Inc Saturday said that threat calls were an eye-opener that the RSS and its offshoots were responsible for the previous humanitarian crisis enforced on Kashmir seven years ago and that the same right wing forces were again hell bent to divide the state on regional and communal lines.
The business community maintained that the provocation in the name of religion was intolerable as, "we are Muslims first, businessmen later."
Addressing a press conference jointly called by business community of Kashmir including Kashmir Economic Alliance, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Chairman KEA, Muhammad Yasin Khan appealed international community to probe the deaths and other humanitarian crisis that was enforced on the people of Kashmir through a deep rooted conspiracy in 2008.
Khan said that, "apart from killing of innocent civilians, the right wing forces were responsible for scores of deaths in 2008 due to shortage of medicines and even baby food when the highway was blocked by Hindu extremists. He said that bigger conspiracy against the people of Kashmir was growing apparent with each passing day as the right wing RSS which is a partner to the coalition government in the state though BJP, is working on a game plan to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
"This game plan seems to be the extension of the same conspiracy by virtue of which five lakh Muslims of Jammu region were slaughtered in 1947. Now the same is being extended to Kashmir as well," Khan said adding that the biggest question is the silence of PDP led government towards such sinister designs being hatched by their partner in government.
Asking PDP led government to clear its stand on the issue, Khan said that ball is in the court of Jammu Inc. "Now the Jammu Inc has to decide whether they want to go with the communal forces or they want to uphold their traditional business ties with Kashmir. Jammu Inc will have to clear its stand and go public otherwise their silence will be taken as support for the communal forces," he said.
The speakers on the occasion said that it is irony the Valley is being taken hostage and blackmailed through economic blockade only because it has been kept 'strategically dependent' on single road connectivity with the rest of the world through Srinagar Jammu highway whereas the more important Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway has been kept open for symbolic trade. (CNS)