A day after Vishwa Hindu Parishad threatened of economic blockade to Kashmir if the anti-beef ban bill is taken up for discussion in J&K Assembly, the Valley-based business community Saturday hit out at the PDP-BJP alliance for "letting loose VHP goons" while asking their counterparts in Jammu to "clear their stand" on the right-wing party's provocative remarks.
"There is a deep-rooted conspiracy going on to divert the attention of people in Kashmir from the failure of state government to rehabilitate flood-affected people in the Valley," said Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance, Muhammad Yaseen Khan, at a joint press conference here. "We want to send a clear message to our counterparts in Jammu to explain their position on the VHP statement. Do they want to do business with us or support the radical group like VHP which is hell-bent to divide the state on communal lines?"
Khan also came down heavily on Peoples Democratic Party. "People in Kashmir are put behind bars for peaceful protests, but communal forces in Jammu are given a free hand by the PDP-led government which arrests even minors in Valley. This is a dual policy," Khan said.
"PDP should clear its stand on the issue because it is in partnership in the government with BJP which is proving to be anti-Kashmir and anti-Muslim," he added.
VHP Friday threatened to launch "2008-like agitation" in Jammu and enforce economic blockade to Kashmir if State Legislative Assembly allows any discussion regarding revocation of ban on sale of beef.
Business community supports the amendment in law to allow consumption of beef in the state, Khan said.
The Valley-based business community also threatened to "end business ties with Jammu counterparts if VHP goes ahead with its plan of economic blockade."
"The ball is in the court of Jammu business community. We want them to go public on the issue or their silence will be taken as acceptance of the evil designs of communal forces," Khan said.
He said if situation demands, they would use traditional Muzaffarabad–Srinagar route for business activities.
"We won't hesitate to use our natural route Muzaffarabad–Srinagar highway for a full-fledged trade so that Kashmir will not remain dependent on Jammu region," he said.
Criticizing PDP-BJP government, the business fraternity said despite a provocative statement by VHP, no action has been taken against them.
Former President of KCCI, Sheikh Ashiq dared the Hindu group to go ahead with economic blockade
"We dare them to go ahead with their plans and see the consequences," he said. "The business fraternity has shown enough restrain to keep a congenial relationship with Jammu region. We won't remain quiet forever. If situation demands, we can also show our resentment and give a befitting reply to our enemies."
President, Federation Chamber of Industry Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Mir asked the Jammu-based business community to clarify its stand on the statement issued by VHP.
The joint press conference was attended by heads of various business organizations of Kashmir.