Hike in rentals: KTMF, KCCI hold joint protest

KL News Network

Srinagar

The Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) and The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) Wednesday held a protest demonstration against the alleged “unjustified hike of rentals of shops leased out by Jammu and Kashmir Wakf Board”.

A statement issued here reads, “With the weeklong deadline given to the government having ended, the KCCI & KTMF on Wednesday staged token protests against the unjustified hike of rentals of shops leased out by Wakf Board.”

KCCI President Mushtaq Ahmad wani and Secretary General KTMF Bashir Ahmad Kongposh led the protests.

On the occasion they said, “The token protests were held only to remind the concerned that the trader fraternity hasn’t forgotten the ultimatum given to the government.”

Muhammad Yasin Khan, the president of KTMF said, “Today’s protests were a reminder to the government that now we will go to any extent and that onus of any such act will fall squarely on the government.”

“Let the government be informed that such sinister designs to systematically deprive Kashmiri traders of their livelihood will be fought tooth and nail,” he said.

Stating that it was only a “curtain-raiser” Khan said the trader’s fraternity will take the case to its logical conclusion even if it takes “drastic” measures.

Khan said, “The state government & the Wakf board authorities are dancing at the tunes of rightwing fanatics,” adding, “The Wakf board authorities are behaving like RSS bhakts and it seems they have been guided to do so. We will give a befitting reply soon which will surely shake the corridors of power,” Khan concluded.

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