DPC calls for cancelling trade, cultural ties with India

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Lahore—The Difa e Pakistan Council ( Defence Pakistan Council (DPC) has called upon the government to cancel trade and cultural pacts with India until it accepts Kashmir as a disputed territory and withdraws its troops from there.
The demand was made by the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the DPC , Liaqat Baloch, at a press conference after a meeting of the committee held at Mansoora, on Sunday.
The committee also stressed the government to convene a meeting of all political and religious parties before the Parliament session fixed on August 9, to evolve a unified stance on Kashmir issue similar to the NAP against terrorism.
It said that it was a matter of shame that at time when the Kashmiris were drawing the attention of the world to the Kashmir issue , the Pakistan government was nullifying their sacrifices by talking of friendship with India.
The DPC steering committee also called for the appointment of a full-fledged Foreign Minister and adopt an agreed and effective foreign policy giving up ad-hocism.
Those attending the meeting among others, included Hafiz Abdur Rahman Makki, Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Ropari, Muhammad Sohaib Khan, Muhammad Yaqub Sheikh, Abdur Rauf Farooqi, Syed Haroon Ali Gilani and Muhammad Ali Yazdani.
Liaqat Baloch announced that all the parties in the DPC would hold a march from Lahore to Wagha on July 31. Later, a Kashmir caravan and Kashmir Conference would be held at Karachi on August 14 which would be addressed by the heads of all the DPC parties.
He said that the Kashmiris were offering their lives for accession to Pakistan and Indian occupation force had martyred around sixty Kashmir youth for showing their love for Pakistan. On the other hand, the rulers were exchanging gifts of Saris and mangoes with Indian leaders.
Liaqat Baloch said that the Kashmir liberation movement had entered a new phase after the martyrdom of commander Muzaffar Wani. At this juncture, it was the duty of the Pakistan government to support the Kashmiris in line with the sentiments of the nation and talk to New Delhi for the solution of the Kashmir issue, but the rulers did not deem it necessary to change their attitude.
Liaqat Baloch said that in the manner the execution of the JI leaders in Bangladesh had revived the Pakistan ideology, the martyrdom of Muzaffar Wani had given a new life to the Kashmir liberation struggle.—INP

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