Traders to follow joint programme of resistance camp

Stating that they will follow the joint programmes given by united resistance leadership, trade bodies Tuesday said that they would not allow anyone to sell the blood and honour of people of Kashmir.
Traders to follow joint programme of resistance camp
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Stating that they will follow the joint programmes given by united resistance leadership, trade bodies Tuesday said that they would not allow anyone to sell the blood and honour of people of Kashmir.

Addressing media persons in a hurriedly called press conference at Press Enclave here, senior trade body leaders including Jan Muhammad Koul, Muhammad Sadiq Baqal, Muhammad Sagar, Mehmood Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar and others while condemning recent civilian killings said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq are real representatives of the public.

"There should be no confusion. We make it clear that the joint programme given by these leaders will be followed by the trade bodies in letter and spirit," they said.

They added that government should stop civilian killings in valley. "The government is asking people to help in bringing normalcy in valley. We want to ask who has created violence. Who is killing unarmed civilians, firing pellets and injuring people, ransacking houses, breaking window panes? It is the forces of government," they said.

"It is both state and central government who has to direct these forces to stop killing of civilians. The death toll is more than 40 while 1500 persons are injured, most of them critically," they added.

They asked CM Mehbooba Mufti to resign "to save and protect the left out respect and honour of her party."

"She is the Chief Minister and also holds the portfolio of Home Ministry. She is the head of Unified Command. She holds the responsibility of every action of armed forces. She is responsible for every civilian killing that occurs and have occurred during these days," they said.

Reminding CM of the statement made by her senior party member Tariq Hammed Karra in 2010, they said: "Karra then had said that PDP resigned in 2008 after six civilian killings occurred. What is the policy of PDP now? Does it wait for thousands of civilian killings to occur or the love of chair has make it blind?," they added.

They said that all trade bodies are united against the atrocities and as a mark of protest against recent killings boycotted the meeting with CM.

"Few persons including Muhammad Yaseen Khan, the so called trade leader, met the CM to sell the blood and honour of Kashmiri people. During this meeting, they made a deal with CM to defy strikes and shutdown calls," they alleged.

They added that "these so called leaders also are advocates of CM, defending her. They are out in public to impress people that CM has no role in recent civilian killings and it is government of India responsible for all deaths."

"We announce and appeal public to observe social boycott of these so called leaders including Khan," they added. 

While condemning civilian killings, they said: "One stone is retaliated by dozens of bullets that too on the chest and authorities call it maximum restraint while dealing with peaceful protestors."

They sought judicial probe in killings by a Supreme Court Judge.

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