Srinagar, September 25: A day after National Investigation Agency (NIA) summoned Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president Yasin Khan to New Delhi for questioning, the Valley’s trade and transport bodies today called for a shutdown on Monday across Kashmir.
The NIA, according to KTMF has summoned Khan for questioning to Delhi and sent a notice in this regard to him. Addressing a presser here, the representatives of trade and transport bodies termed the NIA summon to Khan a conspiracy and said that it is an attempt to crush Valley’s economy which is already in tatters.
The KTMF senior vice president Manzoor Ahmad Bhat told reporters at a hotel here during the presser that calling Khan for questioning to Delhi is uncalled. “We are not against probe but when NIA is already operating in Kashmir why was Khan called to Delhi. It makes no sense,” said Bhat.
The KTMF senior leader according to news agency GNS said that “the NIA summon is nothing but undue and uncalled for harassment of the business community and to make him suffer for none of his fault”. “The traders said for the past over three years were constantly apprehending that attempts were being made to crush Kashmir economy. The NIA summon has only vindicated our worst fears that this probe is aimed at crushing Kashmir’s economy through arm twisting tactics,” he alleged.
Manzoor Bhat said instead of encouraging trade activities, the central agencies are “hell bent upon to scuttle these activities”. While calling for shutdown on behalf of trade and transport bodies on September 25 Monday, he urged business community to stay united at this crucial juncture. Meanwhile, reports said that the NIA has summoned a Kashmir University research scholar Aala Fazili for questioning at its Delhi headquarters. (GNS)