Lakhanpur entry post victimising Kashmiri traders: KEA

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Srinagar, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Khan today accused the government of victimising Kashmiri traders in the grab of Lakhanpur entry post.

Khan, who is also the President of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), alleged that the DC Sales Tax has been deliberately seizing goods laden trucks headed for Kashmir to “further crumble the economy of Kashmir.”

“The trucks are being kept unduly seized for weeks, these Babus are calling the shots, and this is a bid to frustrate Kashmiri traders so that they give up trade,” Khan said, in a statement, issued here today.

He said the state government was directly responsible for this mess. “Time and again we have been telling the government to end two entry system for Kashmir. After Lakhanpur, Kashmiri traders are subjected to entry red-tapism at Lakhanpur. And if Jammu traders have only one entry, why two troubles for Kashmir?” Khan asked.

Khan appealed to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu to take remedial measures without any further delay. “What is most urgently needed is that goods trucks headed for Kashmir should be seized in Lakhanpur come what may and DC  Sales Tax Lakhanpur should open a window in Kashmir so that even if there’s some problem with regard to documental formalities the same can be solved in Kashmir without traders unnecessarily needing to go to Lakhanpur again and again,” Khan said.

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