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LONDON: A three-cornered clash over immigration between Britain, India and East African states is forseen by most British newspapers, which today [Jan 8] acknowledged the initiative of the Pakistan delegation led by the Foreign Minister, Mian Arshad Husain, in bringing to the fore the vexed questions of race relations, citizenship and immigration.

A six-point plan was submitted today to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference by Mr Arshad Husain, in an attempt to settle the controversial problem. Mr Husain said today in a recorded BBC television interview that he thought a consensus could be reached on this question. He said he submitted the following suggestions to the conference:

(1) No discrimination in employment, education, housing and public health should be made in Commonwealth countries against citizens of other Commonwealth countries; (2) Common­wealth citizens should be given a preferential treatment by other Commonwealth countries; (3) Efforts should be made to avoid any adverse or hostile propaganda; (4) Settled immigrants should not be displaced either in Britain or in any other Commonwealth country; (5) A climate of confidence should be created in those countries to facilitate integration of the next generation immigrants; (6) A general atmosphere of friendliness should be created.

Published in Dawn, January 9th, 2019