ICCI President and business community strongly condemns terrorist attack in Mumbai which is affectin
- February 23, 2009
Mian Shaukat Masud said that attacking innocent people, tourists and patients in hospitals is a very despicable and cowardly act and added that ICCI on behalf of traders and industrialists strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He said Pakistan is itself a victim of terrorism and has already sacrificed a lot in fighting this menace. He, on behalf of the Pakistani business community, conveyed solidarity and sympathy to the Indian authorities, to Indian people and especially families of the victims. He said business community in Pakistan was not happy over the irresponsible and baseless allegations of the Indian leadership and a section of Indian media on linking the Mumbai attacks to Pakistan, which might create obstacles in the way of flourishing trade between the two neighboring countries. He said without providing solid proof, simply leveling baseless allegations and issuing threatening statement will not help in any way in finding a sustainable solution of this problem.
Muhammad Ishtiaq Qureshi, ICCI Vice President also condemned this terrorist attack and said that both the countries are grappling with rising poverty, unemployment, inflation and many other economic challenges and to cope with these problems, both countries need investment and growth of business & economic activities. However, he said creating hype and giving rise to tension between India and Pakistan will discourage the investors and put negative impact on the business activities as well. Therefore, he called upon the leadership of both the countries to put their heads together and cooperate with each other for exploring best possible means of tackling the problem of terrorism to avoid the eruption of such heinous events in future. He said the business leaders of both the countries should also come forward and play their due role by persuading both governments to take steps to defuse the current tense situation so that the process of development of business relations between the two countries may not get derailed which will prove harmful for the people as well as for the economies of both the neighboring countries.