KEF demands indefinite postponing of Anantnag by-polls
Kashmir Economic Forum (KEF) has urged State and the Central Government to work for the bringing peace in Kashmir by starting a "serious and sincere" dialogue with all the stakeholders in the Valley.
KEF in a statement said 'conducting elections won't bring any peace in the region' and demanded postponement of the Anantnag by-polls indefinitely till environment is conducive in Jammu Kashmir.
KEF Chairman Showkat Chowdhary while regretting the recent civilian killings in Kashmir urged government to postpone the polls and also start dialogue with all stakeholders immediately. KEF Chairman said government has postponed the elections to May 25 which has created insecurity among the business sectors.
"Elections in May are not a good idea. It would further vitiate atmosphere. It should be deferred indefinitely till environment is conducive here. Government's priority should be peace and safety of the youth in the region and not the elections," said Chowdhary.
"For brining peace, government should start dialogue process immediately in which Hurriyat leaders, mainstream parties, business leaders and civil society should participate. This dialogue process would send positive signal among masses and people outside the state which would help bring peace and revive business sectors."
KEF appreciated the statement of the Tasaduq Mufti for urging Election Commission of India to postpone Anantnag by-polls.
KEF urged state government to wave off all charges and taxes to tourism sector to help it revive the business.