UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Thursday brought into sharp focus of the world community the atrocities being committed by Indian occupation forces in Jammu and Kashmir, and urged the UN Security Council to resolve long-standing conflicts on its agenda.
“Inaction by the Security Council in cases of foreign aggression and occupation comes at a high human cost,”Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said in an open Council debate on ‘Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict’, referring to the continuing violations of International Humanitarian Law by warring parties with impunity.
“In Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” the Pakistani envoy said, “the occupying forces continue to show utter disregard for human life by systematically violating the fundamental norms of international humanitarian law and by using civilians as human shields.
“Worse, perpetrators who commit such crimes are not only protected under black laws, but are honoured by the military command.”
The rules of conduct in armed conflict are clearly codified in the 1949 Geneva Conventions and additional protocols and constitute the bedrock of international humanitarian law, she said. Yet this law continues to be flouted whenever and wherever hostilities break, with women bearing the brunt of the atrocities.
“Whether it is plausible deniability or abuse, the grim reality is, when the beast of conflict roars, legal regimes fall silent,” Ambassador Lodhi told the Security Council.
Today, she said, targeted attacks, sexual violence, forced conscription, torture, indiscriminate killings and gross human rights violations were used cynically as tools of war in conflicts.
Sino-Pak automobile companies hold B2B meetings
LAHORE: Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) on Tuesday conducted various business-to-business (B2B) meetings in the automobile sector at the Punjab Agri Expo 2019.
The PCJCCI initiated the meeting with Shifeng and Dailuda, a leading Chinese agricultural machinery and automobile manufacturing company. Various companies like Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers, Guard Group, Master Motor Corporation, Jaffer Brothers, Rimtaj Industries and Sazgar Engineering Works Limited were part of the meeting.
On this occasion, PCJCCI Secretary General Salahuddin Hanif, and Everest International Expo CEO, Fa Wen Yen said that such B2B meetings would help develop smooth bilateral trade between Pakistan and China.
During the inauguration of B2B session, Salahuddin Hanif said, “These sessions will open new vistas of opportunities for Pakistani investors and their Chinese counterparts.” He especially mentioned the keen interest of Dailuda and Shifeng which was exhibiting products like tractors, truck, three-wheelers, diesel engine, and electric vehicle and other automobile products at this expo. He was of the view that counseling with the Chinese business community was mandatory to increase the quantum of trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan.
He claimed that the PCJCCI expedited the efforts to hold business-to-business exhibition with the aim to provide a one-stop shop for all industry products from processing technology to the finished products, which would help develop bilateral relations between Pakistan and China.
Mr. Niu Zhi, representative of Shifeng and Dailuda Company said, “We want to introduce innovative contemporary technology of Europe to Pakistan.” He mentioned that new construction machinery from China was equivalent to the price of used and old construction machinery at the moment being imported from Europe.
While PCJCCI Executive Committee members Daud Ahmad and Farooq Ali Khan Sherwani said that China had been an incredible support to Pakistan at all times. The continuous assistance of China would do wonders for the emerging economic status of Pakistan and these B2B meetings would certainly have a positive impact on the business community, they observed.
Bears growl at Hong Kong bourse
HONG KONG: Shares fell more than one percent Tuesday, hit by concerns over rising Iran-US tensions and as investors await this week’s crucial trade talks between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
The Hang Seng Index sank 1.15 percent, or 327.02 points, to 28,185.98. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.87 percent or 26.07 points,
to 2,982.07, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, lost 0.99 percent, or 15.63 points, to 1,560.46.
Are journalists being exploited to harm civil-military ties?
LONDON: Savants insinuate that RAW has indulged in 5th Generation Warfare through exploiting journalists and intellectuals who are inclined towards progressive movement and call themselves liberals.
Since UK-based intellectual Aisha Siddiqa and self-exiled journalist, Taha Siddiqui both contribute to The Quint and The Print* known for publishing controversial pieces, some believe that their work is being wrongly exploited.
Numerous instances of progressive intellectuals, writers and journalists could be quoted from the annals who blamed Pakistan Army for not confining to garrisons or defending land borders and undesirable involvement of ISI in political affairs.
Many believe the present aggressive attitude of progressives could harm the civil-military ties. Then there are those who say that in the garb of diplomats, spooks are exploiting journalists in order to create misconception against Pakistan.
*’The Print’ was founded by Indian Journalist Shekar Gupta and ‘The Quint’ was initiated by Raghav Bahl & Ritu Kapur.
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