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Pakistan and India trade relations

January 29, 2013

A SINGLE Line of Control adventure buried the hard-earned friendship with our neighbours.

War of words is now on and in the process the Indian prime minister cancelled all the trade pacts, and also withdrew the visa incentives offered after a series of negotiations.

Without dragging the uniformed personnel, let us look into the overall foreign policy of Pakistan. China in 2012 entered into a $2 billion cross-border trade agreement with India. The German and Korean auto industries are moving their plants into India in search of cheaper labour.

Walmart is opening 10,000 stores in India during the next five years.

These are just a few of the achievements of a successful foreign policy.

It is almost six-and-a-half decades and still our relations with India are like that of Palestine and Israel.

The uniformed people and occasional democratic governments are equally responsible for this state of affairs. War with India is no solution and we have no clear foreign policy to follow since it is always dictated by donors.

Since beggars can’t be choosers, our failed foreign policy will continue, glamour or no glamour.

MOHAMMAD IQBAL Karachi