Kashmir trade bodies refuse to meet Rajnath Singh

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) chairman, Mushtaq Ahmad told KNS that they decided to boycott the meeting with Union Home Minister as they saw no change on the ground since the protests in Kashmir started.

KNS
Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 24 2016 8:31PM | Updated Date: Aug 24 2016 8:31PM
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Various trade bodies in Kashmir on Wednesday refused to meet the visiting union minister Rajnath Singh.

The state government had sent invitations to the business community for a meeting with the visiting Singh. However traders’ bodies said they will not meet the minister.

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) chairman, Mushtaq Ahmad told KNS that they decided to boycott the meeting with Union Home Minister as they saw no change on the ground since the protests in Kashmir started.

“There has been no change on the ground, pellets are being used, civilian killings continued so at this period of time, meeting with any of the official will prove hoax,” he said.

He said that they won’t think of meeting anyone until they don’t see any change on the ground.

Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) senior vice chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar, told KNS that they have boycotted to meet with HM Rajnath Singh on the grounds that if India is sincere to normalize the situation in Kashmir then they should first stop use of pellet guns and civilian killings in Kashmir.

“Besides that, we are not real representatives to hold dialogue with Union Home Minister. The real representatives have been either placed under house detention or have been placed under police custody,” he said.

He said that if India was sincere they would have released all the leaders.

Muhammad Yasin Khan of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) told KNS that they have boycotted the meeting with Singh in the past too and that they have decided to boycott meeting with him this time as well.

“We are traders, what would India achieve by talking to us?” Khan questioned, adding that instead of inviting them, they should invite and talk to Kashmiri leaders.

“Kashmir is a dispute accepted by the world community. Our real representatives are pro-freedom leaders. India should hold dialogue with Pakistan and our leaders if it is sincere in resolving the Kashmir dispute,” Khan said.

He said that the visits of Indian ministers and other politicians are “futile” exercises.

“So, we have decided not to meet the home minister Rajnath Singh.”

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