The business community in the Valley today hit out at state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu for his statement that Jammu and Kashmir was not a political issue, saying the remarks were far from the truth as the whole world recognised it as a political issue pending a solution for the last 70 years.
"The KCCI (Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry) is disgusted while going through the statement by the minister of finance. The comment made by him terming Kashmir as a social issue is far from the truth when the whole world recognises it as a political issue pending for a solution for the last 70 years," KCCI president Javid Ahmed Tenga said in a statement here.
The KCCI president said by using the platform of an organisation which is based in Delhi, "attempts are being made to dilute the narrative of Kashmir and an impression is being created particularly in front of ambassadors present on the occasion".
He said the PDP, in its Agenda of Alliance the common minimum programme between the PDP and the BJP - had recognised the fact of the settlement of Kashmir by talking to all stakeholders internally and externally, and as such the finance minister had done "a great disservice" to not only his own party but to the people of Kashmir.
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