Trade bodies call for strike against JI ban, tinkering with 35A

Trade bodies addressing joint press conference on Monday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Trade bodies addressing joint press conference on Monday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: Trade bodies have called for complete shutdown tomorrow against the ban on Jama’at-e-Islami and the legal challenge to Article 35A.
In a joint press conference, kashmir Traders & Manufactures Federation, Federation of Chambers of Industries Kashmir, Kashmir Economic Alliance and Transporters called for a Kashmir Bandh tomorrow, saying that shutdown is aimed to protest against the recent moves by the Government.
Arrests of religious leaders must be stopped forthwith while as the ban imposed on religious and social organization must be revoked.
The Valley traders also lashed out at national media for waging war against Kashmiris, saying the attacks that were carried out on Kashmiris post Lethpora attack were due to these TV channels who created such situation on ground.
They said people affiliated with trade have suffered a huge loss due to prevailing situation and are on verge to close their businesses.
The traders said that the situation has reached at dangerous level. “Jamaat-e-Islami is a religious organization and the Falah-e-Aam trusts are providing benefits to the downtrodden community here,” KTMF chief, Muhammad Yasin Khan said.
Khan said the organization played a pivotal during 2005 earthquake and 2014 floods, adding that people affiliated with the organization helped people in every aspect.
“Our wards are aspiring to get Islamic knowledge and closing the schools run by Falaah-e-Aam institutions would deprive them from getting the religious education,” he said.