SIRINAGAR: Thousands of Kashmiri people gathered outside United Nations Military Observer in Srinagar to demand UN intervention in Jammu and Kashmir. The call of March towards UN mission was given on Monday by Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabbir Ahmed Shah. People from various areas of Jammu marched towards UN Military Observers’ office in vehicles. They were holding black and white flags in their hands and chanting slogans on their way towards destination.
A large numbers of paramilitary troops were deployed on the meeting venue as the gathering was held by the people in sensitive area. The resolution was presented to the UN mission by some Hurriyat’s youths at 9: 45 am. It is worth mentioning that the collective demand for UN intervention was decided after the start of “Muzaffarabad Chalo Tehreek”. This movement was started after the blockade of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim community by the Hindus.
The economic blockade of the Kashmir valley by fanatic Hindus in Jammu area of held has forced the economists to set up an economic forum to work for Valley’s economic self-reliance. The forum would look at ways and means for achieving sustainable sovereign economic growth for the Valley. Many Valley-based economists said that Kashmir could be financially self-sufficient provided the people support. “The economic blockade by hooligans has compelled economists to look for self-sufficient economy for the Valley,” said an economist.
A noted economist and dean of Social Science Department of Kashmir University, Professor Nissar Ali is for mobilizing internal resource within the territory. “Jammu and Kashmir has enough potential to mobilize internal resources and make the state economical independent”, he added. “There should be an economic forum, which would work out the modalities for financial autonomy of the Valley,” Nissar said.
Most of the political economists said, “We must try utmost to manufacture most items locally.” The Jammu and Kashmir is a consumer territory as most of consumable items are imported from other states, he added. Head of Economics Department of Kashmir University Professor G M Butt said that for achieving economic sovereignty, the Valley has to transform its present status of consumer to a producer state. “We need to produce more and more so as to reduce outside dependence,” he said.-SANA