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Business community hails decision to suspend trade with India

ISLAMABAD: Business community on Thursday, welcoming the government’s decision to downgrade diplomatic relations, expell

Aug 08 2019

ISLAMABAD: Business community on Thursday, welcoming the government’s decision to downgrade diplomatic relations, expelling the Indian High Commissioner and suspending bilateral trade with India in the wake of New Delhi's move of revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir, said that this will hit India, not Pakistan,  due to latter’s low dependence on exports.

Mian Kashif Ashfaq, Chairman Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company (FIEDMC) in statement said the whole  nation stood  united against the Indian aggression.

He said the business community pledged their support to the armed forces  and vowed to stand by in every situation and safeguard the geographical  boundaries of the motherland.

He termed the revoking of special status of Kashmir as a mean act against  the humanity by the Modi government.

He added the special status was supported by the world community and  after withdrawing it, the India committed defiance from the UN resolutions  also.

He said India’s recent move in Kashmir was reflective of its discomfort  towards growing global participation in CPEC and different other investment  projects initiated in Pakistan.

Mian Kashif said the previous Indian governments did not want to highlight  the Kashmir dispute at international level. However, the current situation has  drawn the world’s attention to the longstanding un-resolved dispute between  Pakistan and India, he added.

The Jammu and Kashmir dispute was one of the oldest items on the agenda  of the UN Security Council.

Indian brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir had increased significantly after  the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016.”

“India has deprived more than 1.5 billion people of this region of peace and prosperity by refusing to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance  with the UN Security Council Resolutions and its own promises,” he added.

Mian Kashif said international community should know that without solution  of Kashmir durable peace was not possible so the world should interfere and  resolve outstanding economic and security disputes including the Kashmir  issue between Pakistan and India to fully exploit economic potential in  the region.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2019