Srinagar, Nov 10: Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), an amalgam of various trade bodies, Thursday categorically refused to resume normal business activities saying they cannot put the blood of those killed during four months uprising in Kashmir on sale.
Addressing media persons here KTMF President, Bashir Ahmad Khan said that the trader’s body made it clear to the resistance leadership that the business community will be ready to bear loss but cannot compromise with the blood of martyred youth.
“The martyred youth are our children and how can we let their blood go waste, we have assured the resistance leadership of our full support to continue the ongoing strike,” Khan said.
He said although they did suffer monetary losses during the past four months strike, but losing lives are huge losses to the nation and none can compromise with the blood of martyred youth.
Khan said, “We are part of society and do not consider or prefer our profit and losses over others, and being a part and parcel of this nation we are ready to contribute to the nations cause”.
The KTMF President said that during their meeting with the resistance leadership they were asked to put forth their opinion saying, “we categorically refused to resume normal business activities saying we cannot compromise on the blood that was spilled during past four months in Kashmir”.
Khan said if they would open shops and other commercial establishments, they would not be in a position to face the parents of those martyred and answer their questions.
“How can we face the parents of those who got killed in this ongoing uprising in Kashmir if we open shops? They would certainly question our commitment to the cause,”
He said it is not fair to open shops and other business establishments till the time the issue is sorted out.