Mehbooba flays Goa govt’s decision



Jammu: Taking strong exception to the decision of Goa government to put Kashmiri businessmen on the "stranger roll", Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday asked Jammu and Kashmir administration to take up the issue with the coastal state's authorities.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Assembly, Mehbooba expressed surprise that Kashmiri businessmen doing business in Goa have been distinguished from other residents of the country by tagging them as "stranger roll".

She said Goa government's decision was not only "ridiculous but also insulting" for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

She warned such a step would increase alienation among the masses and would widen the gap between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the country.

She said Goa government's decision was also affecting the careers of students who are studying all over the country, traders and executives of Jammu and Kashmir.

She asked the J&K government to immediately take up the matter with Goa government.

PTI