Srinagar, September 28, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a group of traders has termed the decision to ban internet as part of PDP-BJP regime’s agenda of destruction. The Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Muhammad Yaseen Khan in a media interview in Srinagar said that the unprecedented ban on internet in Kashmir had severely hit businesses, with trader community holding the authorities responsible for inflicting financial miseries. The PDP-BJP regime on Thursday imposed a 40-hour ban on internet services in the territory which was later extended by another day.
He said, the ban on internet services—which included broadband for the first time—had a massive impact on overall business and tourism sector in Kashmir. The online businesses such as travel bookings, software developing institutions and hotels incurred heavy losses while trucks carrying goods to Kashmir remained stranded at Lakhanpur toll plaza for want of online bills necessary for importing stocks to Kashmir, the KEA Chairman deplored.
He said: “It’s for the first time that ban on internet was imposed during Eid. It had direct fallout on businesses. It is a shame that due to fear of some people uploading cow slaughtering videos, the authorities held entire Kashmir hostage and the business community consequently suffered losses worth millions of rupees. Such a ban is unthinkable in this age of communication and information technology.”
“The PDP-BJP regime is taking extreme steps like internet ban and sending the Valley back to Stone Age,” said President of Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association, Showkat Chaudhry. “Snapping internet connectivity is an atrocious decision by the PDP-led regime which has dented Valley’s image outside the territory,” he said, adding the regime is an unholy alliance which has failed to deliver and is now resorting to hasty decisions to save their sinking ship.
The President of Urban Tour and Travel Association, Jan Muhammad said that his business was badly hit by the internet ban. Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) President, Rakesh Gupta said that the ban was completely uncalled for as snapping internet services had resulted in a divide between people of Kashmir and Jammu regions.
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