Trade in Kashmir has taken a hit since the central government decided to send additional troops to Kashmir for the abrogation of article 370, on August 5, last year.
The administration of J&K gave 24 hours to the tourists and yatries to leave Kashmir before the abrogation hitting hard tourism industry and other allied sectors.
The clampdown which followed abrogation of article 370 was very massive and strict. Thousands of the political activists from the mainstream political parties, separatists’ parties and even the social activists were either detained or kept under house arrest.
Among those who were detained included former ministers, lawmakers and chief ministers. One of the chief ministers and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is still under detention booked under PSA.
Under such harsh measures it was but natural that the trade would suffer as a life was crippled for months together with complete blackout of communication facilities including even the landlines.
Though after a few months’ government lifted curbs on telephones in a phased manner but the curbs on high speed internet are still continuing as the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union Territories of JK and Ladakh.