Aman Ki Asha, where is Aman Bhasha?
All I find is that Pakistan is wooing India and what maximum India has been able to return on Pakistan’s grant of status of Most Favoured Nation treatment to India and Mr Zardari’s visit to Delhi to salute Manmohan Singh and preparing the list of items which can be traded or not treaded is a stunning by India of a new policy of introducing Visa Relaxation regime for traders. Engineer Chishti cannot come to Pakistan after the ridiculous charges of espionage in India against him. There is no Ansar Burneys counter-part in India who got many Indian hardened criminals from Pakistani jails.
What a big concession Just thinking of making, meaning a liberal policy of granting visa facilities to Pakistani businessmen. As is the Pakistani habit of over generous welcome to the guests and particularly to Indian guests – a la Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan’s cricket match in 1955 at Lahore. OK as an initiative but there seems no justification for dancing and jumping.
In this connection I would like to say that there is an advice to the diplomats given by that distinguished diplomat Talleyrand to the diplomats. He says, “et pas d-enthusiame” or remember do not be carried away on the results of new successful beginning. There is another Qui vas mentano va long tano or some thing like this if my spelling is correct – which means that he who goes slowly goes a long way. Do not start dancing and jumping on this initiative. Just wait.
Does any one know why the trade links were broken? Let me refer him to Dr G W Chowdhury’s book India Pak Relations . Chowdhury was a Professor and Head of Department of International relations. It was India who suddenly snapped all trade relations and applied imbargo on Trade with Pakistan in early days of 1949 It was called Devaluation controversy. In 1949 U K devalued its pound and India followed suite. It demanded that Pakistan who did not agree to devalue its Rupee and consequently Pak Rupee went higher because Pakistan in those days had surplus balance of trade and financially much well off. In those days Pakistan trade was heavily from India. I remember Shujaat Hussain Hasni ran to Europe to find new markets for its jute and cotton and imports of goods necessary for daily use. So instead of buying Iron and coal from India and selling our jute and cotton to India we diversified to Europe and US. Without miraculously quick arrangements Hassni was able to make quick arrangements that Pakistani goods would not be lying in Pakistani stores.
It was not Pakistan which snapped trade with India but India used that sudden cut off as a political coercion.
Since then we had adopted the policy of diversification of trade.
I hope we will go slow and keep the 1949 Indian trade snapping and leaving us in the lurch. No policy maker can ignore history.