JAMMU, Jul 19: Questioning Hurriyat leaders’ stand on Jammu and Kashmir without holding an intra region dialogue for arriving at a consensus on what the people of all the three regions want, the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday asked them to first talk to the people of Jammu and Ladakh before raising any demand as they too were primary stake holders to the region.
“We are ready for talks if invited in the interest of peace and development of the state, but separatists will have to first shun the path of violence,” said Rakesh Gupta, president Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a frontal organization representing traders and industrialists across the region. “We do not agree with war path adopted by people at large in Kashmir and condemn bandh call given by separatists which has led to deaths and injuries of humans, both of civilians and the security forces,” he added.
He expressed grief on the loss of human lives, adding that the state comprise of three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and not just Kashmir. He appealed the people of Kashmir valley to work for restoring peace in the interest of progress, development and brotherhood in the state.
Pointing out that Chamber has always stood for brotherhood among three regions and maintained communal harmony at all cost, Gupta warned both the Centre and the state government not to be soft on people who provoke or indulge in violence. The Chamber leader also warned the Central government that no all-party delegation will be welcomed.
“In the absence of any consensus, no one has the right to approach Government of India or the United Nations and also no one has the right to interfere,” he said. In this context, the Chamber leader said it has been “a larger issue for us and not the separatists” as “some of my family members were killed in the town of Mirpur in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in 1947 and rest forced to leave their home”.
The Chamber president also questioned miscreants for carrying out attacks on transport vehicles carrying either essential commodities or Amarnath pilgrims in the Valley and force them shout anti-India slogans. “Why you burnt the langers?” he asked, adding that “we respect our Muslim brethren and know the importance of Haj, but they should also know what Amarnath yatra means to Hindus”.
Pointing out that “Chamber condemns the soft attitude of the security forces towards hooligans who beat up drivers, broke vehicles and beat pilgrims”, Gupta appealed to the state government “to empower security forces not to spare anyone who come in the way of Amarnath yatra”.