MANDI BAHAUDDIN-The Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society has condemned a media group’s campaign against the Pak Army and the Inter Services Intelligence after the terrorist attack on its anchor Hamid Mir in Karachi.

All the members of the meeting unanimously supported the stand taken by the Army against Jung newspapers and TV channels, says a press release which reflects the views of both the national organisations of Ex-Servicemen Society of Pakistan.

The General Body Meeting also attended among others by PESA’s President Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Gul, Lt-Gen (r) Ali Kuli A Khan discussed the issues of national importance.

The Ex-servicemen throughout Pakistan were asked to boycott the Daily Jung and The News and Geo TV channels.

At the same time they highly appreciated and thanked the entire nation for its support to their armed forces against the media group.

They fully supported the chief of army staff about his forthright statement on Kashmir issue. The prime minister took four days to issue a statement on Geo's anti-Army tirade, they said and added that protest and freedom of expression are right of every citizen in a democratic state.

They said that a big area in Islamabad had been converted into a glass house under the name of Red Zone, adding that democracies do not have such zones. They noted that even the areas around the White House and 10 Downing Street were not barred for protesters.

Funds sought: The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) have urged the government to prepare advanced trade strategy and incentives in the upcoming trade policy and allocate special funds in the coming federal budget.

Talking to the newsmen here, SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Qureshi urged the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to announce a special package of incentives for business community, which was busy in earning foreign exchange to the tune of US$1.6 billion, annually.

He said that exporters had great potential for exploring and capturing international exports markets through diversification of traditional and non-traditional export items.