The history of the United Nations is adorned with wars and conflicts and beautiful pages of cooperation and trade.
Relations between nations are both historical and geographical and subject to shared interests.
No need to go far. Recently, there has been a terrible clash between China and India in Ladakh. In 1962, there was a full-scale war. Despite this, the two countries are trade partners and are great allies.
On the other hand, China and the United States are open rivals in global politics. The United States wants to prevent China from stepping on the global horizon. But many American Companies are working in China like Apple and Tesla.
The United States has invested trillions of dollars in China. Similarly, China has lent trillions of dollars to the United States. Interests are running parallel, and hostility is being played.
But two issues of the modern world have deep roots—the Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India and the Palestinian issue between Arab Israel. The length of the two is the same.
The issue of Palestine has become more Jewish-Muslim than Arab-Israeli. Jerusalem, Al-Quds, the Dome of the Rock is not just an Arab issue. We have fought wars with Israel, we have held talks, but the problem has not been resolved.
During this period, Israel has become an effective and robust country. Despite the opposition of the United Nations, Israel has moved its capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The completion of Greater Israel is in its final stages. The tunnels are visible. They have been defeated. Militarily and economically, and culturally, Israel has prevailed. The Arabs have been subdued. The dream of establishing a Palestinian state seems to be shattering.
On the other hand, the issue of Kashmir is the issue of Kashmir Muslims’ freedom and right to self-determination. The United Nations is behind it.
It has been decided that Kashmir will be determined by the Kashmiri people. But the Indian leadership had also said yes and promised to give Kashmiris the right to self-determination, but 70 years later, this has not happened.
There have been Pak-India wars on this issue. India, as a steadfast enemy, is both active and proactive in harming us.
Whether we have water issues or linguistic and regional conflicts, decentralized movements, or terrorist networks, India is present everywhere. The Modi government resolved this issue by integrating occupied Kashmir into the Indian Union on August 5, 2019.
We have not been able to show the desired reaction. We have not been able to highlight the persecution of Kashmiris even at the diplomatic level. On August 5, 2021, this new tragedy will be two years old.
From the Indian point of view, the Kashmir issue is now Pakistan. It is an area of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan administered by the Taliban. It should be discussed. Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir have become part of the Indian Union.
The Government of India is engaged in bringing about a change in the population’s proportion as per the plan laid down there. Hindu investors and settlers are being brought and settled there.
We are divided on whether to trade with India or not. We have poor diplomatic relations with India. It is not the trade of goods but the smuggling of 800/900 items. Many Indian items are available in our local markets. Yes, most people like these items, especially jewelry, betel leaves, and clothes smuggled from India, are sold in large quantities. There are reports that now even in Lunda Bazaar, “Made in India” items are available.
We have not been able to reach a consensus on trade. Should there be trade with India or not? Vajpayee’s visit to Pakistan and Modi’s visit to Nawaz Sharif’s house is Nawaz Sharif’s thoughts. It was possible because of this, but the bull could not climb.
Now that the talk of importing cotton and sugar from India has started once again. A storm of opposition seems to be brewing, even as the government has made it clear that unless India returns to its pre-August 5 positions on Kashmir.
There will be no trade for a long time. This is an apparent position, and a section of the people of Pakistan have the same opinion, but now the situation is not changing but has changed. We have lost a lot of our time in India’s hostility. We lag far behind India in our economic, social and other areas.
The debt burden and inefficiency of the public sector are huge problems. Inflation is on the rise. Our new generation seems to be suffering from insecurity. The flight of capital has become a thing of the past.
The flight of power is weakening us day by day. India is striving to become the third-largest power in the world. It is preparing not only politically and diplomatically but also economically and culturally. The construction of temples has been possible only because of its excellent diplomacy in Islamabad.
Efforts are on to get permanent membership of the Security Council. It is also trying to get representation in the OIC. The question is where we stand. We have not made progress on the Kashmir issue for 70 years. We have not been able to reach a consensus on Pak-India relations. For the last 50 years, we have not been able to create national awareness on whether to trade with India or not, so the prospects for Pak-India trade are still zero.