Press Release

FPCCI perturbed over grave situation in IHK

(Karachi P.R. 21st July, 2016) Shaikh Khalid Tawab, Senior Vice President FPCCI has expressed his serious concern over the critical situation prevailing in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK), claiming lives of thousands of innocent Kashmiri brethren.

In a statement, he said that the Kashmir dispute has remained unresolved since 1947 and the United Nations Security Council Resolutions have remained unimplemented which has shaken the confidence of Kashmiri people who are at the mercy of India. Three generations of Kashmiris have only seen broken promises and brutal oppression and almost a million people have died during their struggle for self-determination, he said adding that this is the most persistent failure of the United Nations. He urged the international community to play its role in order to establish peace and tranquility in Indian Held Kashmir, investigate incidents of human rights violations and called upon the Indian government to allow human rights observers to investigate the issue.

Expressing solidarity with people of Kashmir, he urged the international community to help resolve the lingering dispute between India and Pakistan. He said that the current situation has not only jeopardize the relations between the two countries but it will also further widen trust deficit, which is the biggest hurdle in improving bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries. He believed that the business community of both countries is very much keen to establish strong and significant investment and trade relations because these are indicators of growth and development of entire region. It is the time that both countries should learn from the experience of each another by diverting considerable economic resources from non-desirable to desirable areas. He added that the recent tension provides an opportunity to propagate for reversal of all those measures taken so far and if recent tension doesn’t seize on time then the movement of goods through indirect channels will increase and also invite cross border smuggling. He emphasized on the governments of both the countries to resolve this issue in the larger interest of people of Kashmir through United Nations Resolution and viewed that we can’t afford any more unpleasant situation in the entire region.