Negotiations Fail; Kashmir Bandh Today

4 May 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: In an attempt to pursuade the traders not to go for strike on May 5, Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu, today held deliberations with representatives of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers' Federation, which failed to yield any positive result. Sources informed Greater Kashmir, that the government today invited the traders for negotiations. 'However, the traders categorically refused to budge.' President, KTMF, Muhammad Yaseen Khan said: 'We made our stand clear to the representatives of the government. We informed them that we won't withdraw the strike call until the state government announces compensation to flood-hit people of Kashmir.' Meanwhile, reiterating its call for Kashmir Bandh on May 5 when Civil Secretariat is reopening in the summer capital, Khan appealed the traders' fraternity to make the strike call a success. 'In this hour of crisis when thousands of flood-affected traders have been crying for compensation, we all need to stay united and fight together for our demands,' Khan said. He said the unity among the traders was must to defeat the designs of some 'government sponsored black-sheep' who he said 'want to sabotage our plan.' He also appealed the traders to join peaceful sit-in protest at Budshah Chowk at 10 AM on Tuesday. Pertinently, several traders' bodies including Hari Singh High Street Traders' Federation, Shaher-e- Khaas Traders' Federation Zaina Kadal, Jamia Market Traders' Federation, Munawarabad Traders' Federation and the Batamaloo Traders' Federation have supported the KTMF strike call.