By: Musaib Iqbal MK
Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday said that it is unfortunate that violence is being used to cripple the economy in Jammu and Kashmir especially in Kashmir valley.
While commenting on the recent attacks in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley he said that after a long time people of Kashmir valley are witnessing a tourist season and some economic activity but some vested interests are out to derail their socio economic development.
According to PTI quoting Sajad Gani Lone it said in its news report on Tuesday as follows.
“The violence in Kashmir is not only senseless and barbaric but also aimed at economically crippling the Kashmiri economy,” Lone said in a statement here.
“After a long time, business seems to have resumed in hotels and allied sectors. And the butchers seem to be hell-bent on destroying all that,” he said.
Apparently referring to the attacks on migrant labourers as well as a Kashmiri Pandit in south Kashmir in the last two days, Lone said the targets were being chosen with the aim of scaring and chasing out people.
“Note the targets. The whole game plan seems to be to scare and to chase out. Whatever one’s ideology may be, the least we can do is to understand the ideology of the other side and the strategy of the other side,” he said.
Lone said an economically prosperous Kashmir was antithetical to those indulging in violence.
“There is an economic component in the strategy of those indulging in violence. It is clear that a rich Kashmiri, an economically prosperous Kashmir is antithetical to the strategy of these violent thugs. Let us hope we understand that,” he said.
Militants carried out three attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, leaving one CRPF personnel dead and four people, including two workers from Bihar and a Kashmiri Pandit, injured.
With PTI inputs