Srinagar, Expressing serious concern over the frequent siege of old city of Srinagar, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President Muhammad Yasin Khan said it was a part of conspiracy to kill the business activities in the old city. He said the trader community was being pushed to streets against choking of their space to life and livelihood.
In a statement, Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance said the business activities in the old city have come to a grinding halt due to these uncalled for and undeclared curfews of old city and that trader community was at the verge of starvation.
“Basically every civilized voice knows that curfew is frequently imposed in Shahr-e Khaas, but the state government wants to name it ‘restrictions’ so as to give a rosy picture,” Khan said.
Asking the government to give the old city people their right to live without siege, he said if the curfew is not lifted for good, the traders will be left with no options but to take to streets for agitation.”
Khan said: “Enough is enough. The heart of Kashmir cannot be taken for granted by the dictatorial tendencies of this government. Kashmir is a political issue which cannot be resolved through frequent curfews in old city.”