Shehzad Poonawala, well known crony of Rahul Gandhi, writes "can business ties with pakistan fix the situation"... a lot traitorous termites in the INC if this line is being thrown out at this time, when Paki army and govt. are in no mood for trade ties.http://www.rediff.com/business/column/column-can-trade-do-for-india-pak-ties-what-politicians-have-failed-to-do/20150904.htm
Note that these are the same thoughts being sold by connected US-pasand pakis like Hussain Haqqani and the "Brown Pundit", i.e., "put everything on the backburner and normalise relations with trade"....same old paki-american snake oil in a new vial.
Improved India-Pakistan trade would benefit both countries in various sectors such as economic growth, access to larger markets, energy sector co-operation and promote overall regional stability. Formal bilateral trade has 10 times the potential for improvement if the informal trade is channelised through it. Informal trade between both States consists:
Re-routing trade through a third country (eg, Dubai), and
Illegal trade through land border. This is estimated at $3 billion.
Apparently, India should strengthen the paki economy, presumably because they can then attack India with more vigor. This idiot think pakistan granting MFN status to India is some sort of a big deal -- a beggar terrorist nation being treated as a normal nation -- the genius assumption of the IFS/Shyam Saran types.
For India, it makes much more sense to include Pakistan in its search for new markets. Greater trade with Pakistan, apart from being pertinent from the security point of view, opens up opportunities for access to the markets of Central Asia. For Pakistan, it means access to the 400 million middle-class consumers in India for its products, creating a positive impact on Pakistan’s economy.
To culminate this, both countries need to adopt a series of measures like Pakistan granting MFN status to India, reduction of non-tariff barriers such as infrastructure deficits for trade along borders, and a revised visa regime to allow Indian businessmen into Pakistan and vice-versa.
Third, for trade to grow there is no other alternative than economic dialogue. The 2004 composite dialogue, in its five rounds till 2012, led to a series of trade facilitation measures such as change from positive to negative list, amendments in maritime protocol and bilateral confidence building measures. There is a need for such dialogues to continue if trade between both countries is to be seen as a peace initiative.
Perhaps someone should inform this sycophant and his half-italian princeling that 26/11 took place while all of the above were in place, when MMS was chanting "peace at any cost" and "a strong and stable pakistan is in India's interests"...all of these scumbags have been bought out by the pakis wholesale it appears.
Of course, this wanker recognizes that pakis will commit terrorism in India, and is ever ready to blame "non state actors" just like the rest of the "secular" INC wankers in India. Disavowing the paki army of all blame even before they commit terrorist acts in India -- true mark of a patriot, wot?
It can reduce the appetite for hard line positions and rhetoric by linking economic interests and prosperity of people on both sides to a great extent. Of course terrorists will try to sabotage this by hitting it where it hurts the most and will attack trade/economic initiatives between India and Pakistan.
Looks like the INC scum have opened another "think tank" these days:
Riya Sinha, international relations expert, and Shehzad Poonawalla, political activist, are founding members of Policy Samvad, a Delhi based think-tank.