Govt using ED, NIA to choke Kashmir Inc: KEA

Srinagar: Reacting sharply to the ongoing raids being conducted by the Enforcement Directorate and the National Investigative Agency on the business community in Kashmir, the Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan said the government was using such agencies to systematically cripple Kashmir’s business community.

Khan threatened to launch an agitation should the government fail to bring an end to this ‘conspiracy’.

Terming the latest spell of raids on some leading business houses in Srinagar on Thursday as a ploy, Khan said that the government was pushing the Kashmir Inc towards the wall though witch-hunting.

“Enough is enough. We cannot see our civilization being crippled through such psychological warfare. Let New Delhi and the PDP-BJP government in the state be aware that if such repressive tactics are not immediately withdrawn, the business community of Kashmir will be left with no options but to come out on the streets for a decisive battle,” Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation said.

He further added the raids on business community have proved beyond reasonable doubt that New Delhi and state government have a secret pact to dis-empower Kashmir Inc.

Khan said instead of raiding the big business tycoons of India whom government has blessed with thousands of crores of loan at the cost of common man’s life, poor Kashmiri businessmen who are struggling for survival in a conflict are being victimized.

He appealed the Indian civil society to play its role into the matter.

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