Srinagar Feb 19 : Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) today condemned the harassment of Kashmiris in Jammu and other parts of the country.
Addressing a press conference, the chamber condemned the decision of their counterparts in Jammu to issue a call for Jammu Bandh on February 15 against the Pulwama attack that later caused arson and violence in the city.
“The Jammu Chamber had earlier agreed to support issues of common interest of trade bodies and not create situations vitiating atmosphere but they have failed to live up to the expectations. There is no doubt that the cause of the violence was the result of Jammu Bandh,” said the Secretary-General of KCCI, Farooq Amin.
KCCI called it a serious attempt to prevent tourists to visit Kashmir in the forthcoming tourist season. “Already statements have appeared in social media that no tourist should visit State for next three years. All these attempts have to be thwarted,” said a member of KCCI.
They urged JCCI to adopt multidimensional thinking before taking any such decisions in future and to exercise restraint and take effective steps to protect regional harmony in the State.
KCCI also appealed the civil societies of India to take measures for the protection of Kashmiri people across India.
They also condemned the attempts of some people to gain political mileage out of tragedies and said the forthcoming elections cannot be fought on the sweat and blood of people.
In addition to this, KCCI swore to do everything to protect and safeguard the constitutional status of the state and will not allow its dilution at any cost.
Meanwhile, they also appealed the Governor’s administration to issue appropriate orders for reconstitution of the Toll Tax Committee for the region.