LA­HORE:

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Founders Group of the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try, in a meet­ing held for ex­press­ing sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple of Kash­mir, urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take no­tice of the con­tin­u­ous hu­man vi­o­la­tion in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir.

The meet­ing was ad­dressed by the Chair­man of Founders Group Ijaz Butt, Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Mohsin Raza Bukhari, Iftikhar Ali Ma­lik, Tariq Hameed, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Asif, Mian Mis­bah-ur-Rehman, Shahid Has­san Sheikh, Mian Muzaf­far Ali, Fa­rooq Iftikhar, Ijaz A. Mum­taz, Ab­dul Ba­sit, Al­mas Hy­der and Nasir Saeed while a large num­ber of in­dus­tri­al­ists and traders were present in the meet­ing.

Lead­ers of Founders Group Ijaz Butt and Mian Muhammad Ashraf ap­pre­ci­ated the gov­ern­ment's strict stance on In­di­anHeld Kash­mir and said that blood­shed of in­no­cent Kash­miri peo­ple in not tol­er­a­ble. They said that In­dian ag­gres­sion and vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights in Kash­mir is adding fuel to the fire and cre­at­ing un­rest in the re­gion.

They said that in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should not sit idle and pres­sur­ize In­dian to stop vi­o­la­tion of ethics and in­ter­na­tional laws. Ijaz Butt and Mian Muhammad Ashraf said that United Na­tions should take no­tice of the In­dian ag­gres­sion and in­ter­vene in the mat­ter as any ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity by the In­dian side could give birth to a big hu­man tragedy.

They said that busi­ness com­mu­nity has se­ri­ous con­cern on the alarm­ing sit­u­a­tion in held Kash­mir. They said that killing of in­no­cent peo­ple in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir is not ac­cept­able for the busi­ness com­mu­nity

of Pak­istan and it is sup­ports its Kash­miri broth­ers and sis­ters. They said that the use of force against in­no­cent civil­ians is bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the right to life, right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion and opin­ion, right to peace­ful protest, right to peace­ful as­sem­bly and other rights.

They said that oc­cu­pied Kash­mir is a long­stand­ing dis­pute be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia which has not only cre­ated ten­sion and in­sta­bil­ity in the re­gion but also a big threat to in­ter­na­tional peace. Lead­ers of Founders Group said that In­dia can­not de­nial of these facts by terming the sit­u­a­tion as its in­ter­nal mat­ter, a po­si­tion that has no stand­ing what­so­ever, in view of the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized dis­puted sta­tus of Jammu and Kash­mir. They said that In­dian se­cu­rity forces are tram­pling the fun­da­men­tal free­doms of the Kash­miri peo­ple with com­plete im­punity. They said that Founders Group con­demns the In­dian ag­gres­sion and de­mands the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take no­tice of this bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the in­ter­na­tional norms.

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