Downtown traders call bandh today

Shutdown in south Kashmir to mourn militant killings

Shehar-e-Khaas Traders Coordination Committee, an amalgam of various Downtown Srinagar trade bodies has called for Kashmir bandh on Sunday against the NIA summons to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The strike call has been supported by Beopar Mandal Mahrajgunj and Jamia Market.

The Coordination Committee chairman Nazir Shah said the summons against Mirwaiz was a direct attack on religion unacceptable to the trade community. Shah said the traders would hit the streets if the summons was not revoked.

“The Mirwaiz family has been at the forefront of religious activities and any attack on them is an attack on Kashmiris,” said Shah. He appealed transporters to also observe the strike.

Earlier, Downtown traders held a meeting to discuss the NIA summons which was chaired by its president Bashir Kenu, Khursheed Ahmad Dalal, president Beopar Mandal Maharaj Gunj.

Shah said New Delhi was pushing the people of Kashmir “into fire” by making an onslaught on socio-religious organisations and religious leadership.

“From the ban on a socio-religious organisation to the continued and collective attempts being made by the Raj Bhawan and New Delhi to erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir through tinkering of the Article 370 and Article 35A, every sinister effort is being made to further the unrest in Kashmir,” said Shah.

Asking the Indian civil society to play their role, he also condemned the crackdown on the leadership and arrest spree.