Srinagar, September 27 (KM): Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti reacting to the halting of fruit-laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said that New Delhi is crushing the economy of Kashmiri people as Israel did with the Palestinians.
The PDP chief said the people associated with horticulture have taken loans and when their crop, which is a backbone of the economy, is halted like this on the highway, how growers will pay their debts then?
Mehbooba added that India terrorizes the Kashmiris and is hell-bent on crushing the economy of Kashmir. “It [Modi govt] exactly does what Jews/Israel did with Palestinians in order to crush their economy,” she added.
Mehbooba asked why a truck takes a single day to reach Srinagar from Jammu and four days from Kashmir to go outside the Valley after loading fruits. Mehbooba was in Shopian’s Aglar area to meet fruit growers.
“The trucks are not being allowed to move. It is a strategy to compress the economy of Kashmir generally based on horticulture and agriculture, by Indian government and we will not let it happen,” she added.
Her statement comes in the backdrop of the reports that at present more than 8,000 trucks laden with apple are stranded on Srinagar-Jammu highway due to delay tactics being deliberately employed by India to ruin the Kashmiris’ economy.