Srinagar, Mar 11: At least 10 business organizations Tuesday jointly addressed a press conference here in Kashmir capital Srinagar against what they said repeated harassment of leadership, institutions and organizations across Valley.
The representatives who participated in the press conference were from Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kashmir Economic Alliance, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Federation of Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Shehr-e-Khaas Coordination Committee, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Jamia Traders Association, Beopar Mandal SR Gunj, Central Traders and Manufacturers Association and Kashmir Welfare Transporters Association.
They said that socio-religious institutions are a part of their history and culture. “Their role in upliftment of the poor, supporting orphans and imparting education and Islamic values to a majority of the population is unparalleled.”
They said any attempt to weaken these institutions and their leaders by making motivated accusations is being seen as an direct interference in religious affairs. “We are of the firm conviction that under present abnormal conditions prevailing in the State, the Government shall act more cordially to avoid harassment to Kashmiris. This must also be taken note of that Dr Mrwaiz Umar Farooq is the religious head of the State.”
“Besides being Mirwaiz of the Jammu and Kashmir, this family is connected for centuries with the people of Kashmir. They have remained torch bearers providing platform for imparting education, inculcating of spiritual and moral values besides social services. Not only do the Muslims of Kashmir but even the Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs have high esteem towards this dynasty since centuries.”
They jointly condemned the brazen attempts at politicization of the situation in Kashmir. Throughout the country, our community is being targeted economically and socially. There are cases of murderous physical assaults. A section of the social and electronic media are being used to tarnish our image. A number of innocent people and leaders have been jailed are being intimidated. The Valley appears to be under siege,” they said adding their socio-religious institutions are being interfered with.
They said that there seems to be a concerted attempt to cause disruptions and provoke the peace loving population. “The Government should take immediate corrective measures for defusing the situation.”