Pak Parties and Outfits Oppose India's Trade Rights

Pak Parties and Outfits Oppose India's Trade Rights
Around 60 religious, political parties and outfits including the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah have opposed any moves to allow India conduct trade with Afghanistan through Pakistani soil.

The participants of a meeting organised in Lahore yesterday by the 'Defence Pakistan Council' also opposed the proposed granting of Most Favoured Nation-status to India by Pakistan and called for "open support" to the "freedom movement" in Jammu and Kashmir.

The JuD, the front organisation for LeT that has been blamed for the Mumbai attacks, was among the groups that participated in the meeting.

Several hardliners, including military-run Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency's former chief Hamid Gul, attended the conference.

"We are ready to make any sacrifice to defend our homeland if the US or India attacks us," the participants pledged.

They expressed serious concern at the US's reported intention of hunting down the Haqqani network in North Waziristan tribal region.

In his address, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's focused on criticising the US and India.

He said India should not be given MFN status. There should be open support to the "freedom movement" in Jammu and Kashmir and there should not be any agreement with India on allowing transit trade with Afghanistan.
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