Pak-India tension: Cut hands that harm us
India has intensified shelling on people of Pakistan residing in areas that are close to border with India. In recent weeks Indian shelling has killed several Pakistanis and injured many that were shown on the electronic and print media each time the Indian guns fired bombs on Pakistanis.
Despite repeated requests of Pakistan, Indian government is showing least interest in ending ceasefire violations on the Working Boundary and in Kashmir. How much non-serious India is in promoting peace in this region can be imagined from the fact that India is not willing to discuss Kashmir issue. India preferred to suspend proposed talks of the National Security Advisers of the two countries that were to be held on Aug 24 and 25, but showed no flexibility in including Kashmir in agenda of bilateral talks.
Soon after the suspension of talks, Indian forces have augmented shelling in Pakistani border areas on Working Boundary in Sialkot and Lone of Control in Kashmir, leading to killings of several people and injuries to many others.
There are reports that India has intensified border shelling just to put pressure on Pakistan to give up the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the current visit of the National Security Adviser of the United States is also being linked to this issue.
Important to note is that the United States and India have openly opposed the China-Pak Economic Corridor and now they can use any kinds of tactics to sabotage this mega project that can reshape future of Pakistan and ties between the two time-tested friends _ Pakistan and China.
As Indian government is pursuing the agenda of giving a tough time to Pakistan, our government should also reciprocate in the same manner. In the first phase Pakistan government should stop trade with India immediately that I am sure would enhance the headache of the Modi Sardar. Because in last financial year for the first time Pakistan's imports from India crossed $2 billion.
It is believed that the country is importing vegetables and fruit worth 100 billion rupees from India. In other words Pakistan is feeding the Indian farmers by importing a huge quantity of vegetables and fruit. If Pakistani farmers are encouraged to grow more vegetables and fruit, the government would not improve the income of our own farmers but would empower them to meet the domestic demand of vegetables and fruit.
So in the first phase, Pakistan government should set a deadline to moti- vate to India to end ceasefire violations and if this does not happen, the government should immediately suspend trade. Suspension of trade can end a good source of income of Indian farmers and traders and they would certainly put pressure on their government to stop cross-border shelling/firing.
In 2002, when India deployed its armed forces along border with Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks, the Indian farmers, traders and businessmen forced their government to end this hostile policy that lasted over six months as the farmers and business community lost billions of dollars in just six months stand-off between armed forces of the two countries on the border.
Indians can face any loss, but they are not accustomed to losing money in business. Their business is their lifeline and it keeps their pulse and life normal. Our rulers must take advantage of this weakness of Indians. Why are we feeding the hands that harm us?