LAHORE – Nazaria Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman and TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami said on Wednesday that no investment could be made in India until it gave the right of self-determination to Kashmiris.

Addressing a seminar on the topic of ‘Permission for Investment in India and its Impact’ at the Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan, Majid Nizami said the PPP government’s stance on importing electricity and gas from the neighbouring country involved in water terrorism against Pakistan and killing of innocent Kashmiris defied logic.

TheNation Editor-in-Chief said no Pakistani would like to extend trade ties with India until the latter freed Kashmir. He also warned the government against indulging in such activities. “By building dams on Pakistani rivers, India wants to ruin the fertility of our lands and it does not deserve the most-favoured nation status,” he maintained.

The NPT Chairman also expressed surprise over the most-awaited meeting between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He also prayed that such a leadership assumes power in Pakistan that could make the country as conceived by Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-e-Azam.

Former Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmad, the chief guest, said countries without good rulers had no foreign policy. “The continuity of the Pervez Musharraf’s policies is a big national loss,” he added.

NPT Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad said India, after attacking Pakistan on political and cultural fronts, wanted to destroy its economy. “You cannot separate politics from trade, though resolution of all the outstanding disputes between the two neighbouring countries was important”, he added.

All Pakistan Traders Association President Muhammad Ashraf Bhatti, Movement for Kalabagh Dam Construction Chairman Maj (r) Siddique Rehan, Auto Parts Association President Waqar Mian and Shahid Rasheed also spoke on the occasion. They rejected any move regarding investment in India and termed it a ploy to destroy Pakistan’s economy.

Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Suleman Najib Khan, Brig (r) Farooq Hameed Khan, Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal, Yasin Malik, Rafique Ghouri and Babur Mehmood were also present on the occasion. A large number of people from different walks of life attended the event jointly organised by the NPT and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust.