Press Release

LCCI to mark 14 th August as “Solidarity with Kashmir”

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry will celebrate Independence Day of Pakistan as “Solidarity with Kashmir” day. The decision was made by the LCCI President Almas Hyder in consultation with the Senior Vice President Khawaja Shahzad Nasir and Vice President Faheem-ur-Rehman Saigal.

LCCI President Almas Hyder said that purpose of marking 14th August as “Solidarity with Kashmir” day is to make it clear that Kashmir is jugular vein of Pakistan and business community will not left Kashmiri brothers alone at any cost.

“India is fueling the fire. Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and United Nations must use their influence to stop violation of human rights in Kashmir and killing of Kashmiris”, the LCCI President said and added that issue of the Kasmir should be resolved according to the wishes of Kashmiri people.

He said that business community has serious concern on the alarming situation in held Kashmir. He said that barbaric killing of innocent people in occupied Kashmir is not acceptable for the business community of Pakistan and it is standing shoulder to shoulder with Kashmiri brothers.

Almas Hyder said that the use of forces and ammunition against innocent civilians is a 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.

He said that irresponsible act of Indian government ringing the alarm bells for prospects of peace and tranquility in otherwise volatile region. The growing tension, caused by Indian provocative policy, is not a good sign as confrontation between two nuclear powers could lead mass destruction.

He 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 and India is violating human rights in Kashmir and busy to kill innocent people.

The LCCI Senior Vice President Khawaja Shahzad Nasir and Vice President Faheem-ur-Rehman Saigal said that “India can no longer be in 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.

The LCCI office-bearers said that Pakistani business community will continue to extend its moral support for realization of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir”, the LCCI office-bearers said. 

They said that business community unanimously condemns the Indian aggression and demands the international community to take notice of this blatant violation of the international norms.