The Sharif’s business interests in India have resulted in extra-ordinary negative repercussions for Pakistan’s security. Businessmen close to them are also pursuing Indian businesses with gusto not caring about fair or foul.  There are various business ventures being initiated by the business-friendly party currently in government and its friends which break security norms and are most definitely not in Pakistan’s interest.

Mian Muhammad Mansha being one of them, declared Pakistan’s richest man by Forbes World 2013, his worth is $2.6 billion. Nishat Group, a subsidiary of Mian Muhammad Mansha’s business conglomerate is currently trying to bring in Indian investment for Pakistan’s controversial media industry.

As if Mir Shakilur Rehman’s Geo and Aman ki Asha stint et al weren’t enough for Pakistanis, Nishat group is making efforts to establish Indian holdings in Pakistani media.  The game is being started with a collaboration with M/S Krian Media Ltd owned by a certain Mr Yezdi Dhanjishan Daruwala ( photo attached ) Nowadays engineers from M/S Krian Media intend to get multiple entry visas for discussions with Nishat Group.

Shahid Malik ex High Commissioner of Pakistan to India is now Director, Mansha Group, it is rumored these days that he is trying to get the current Pakistani High Commissioner in India to grant the required visas immediately sans interviews. Another rumor is doing the rounds that the Prime Minister’s son Hasan Nawaz has also backed this visa deal.

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The visa in question is the EPR, a multiple entry visa and totally inadvisable. We all know how difficult it is to get an Indian visa for Pakistanis, then only certain cities are within limits, why should Pakistan make any visas easy for Indians  and that also without even an interview?

Any new business coming in from India should be in Pakistan’s interests and not a ploy to destroy our cultural foundations and identity. Sonia Gandhi once talked about Pakistan’s cultural invasion’ which actually meant secularizing  us and decreasing Islam’s importance here so that Pakistan can ‘blend back’ into India. It was a ridiculous idea but the whole Geo modus operandi underlined this theory, the Aman ki Asha spin only benefited Indians and Pakistanis were thought to be stupid enough to be lured in with song and dance.

Anyway, why does the current party in power want to provide Indians so much space to influence young minds in Pakistan. If Indian movies and drama are anything to go by, their media can only promote loose morals and nudity plus a lot of Hinduism /Hindutva ideology.

Pakistanis do not need Indian media houses forced on them by the Nawaz government and friends. India is our neighbor and business with it should not clash with our culture and societal norms. Where will our ideology, two -nation theory, Jinnah and Pakistan’s existence as an Islamic republic stand if interpreted by Indian media backed up by India’s Research & Analysis Wing?

Sultan Lakhani is again one of Pakistan’s richest men, he has vast business interests in India, mainly he is the partner of most Indian Brands, from Titan to Tetley Tea. Tetley Tea and Titan watches are both Indian companies sold in Pakistan by Sultan Lakhani.

Not a co-incidence that Lakhani owns Century Publications which owns the newspaper Express Tribune, there are various Express channels as well which must have helped to further Indian interests. Be it print media or news media, Indians want a foothold in Pakistan by hook or by crook.

Recently, the controversial Arsalan Iftikhar, son of ex-CJ Iftikhar Choudhry has been provided the chance to lure in foreign and local investors to the huge  gold and copper mines in Rekodiq Balochistan. He was hardly an epitome of honesty, nor did he have the credentials to be made Director, Bureau of Investment for Baluchistan, a province rich in mineral resources.

It is a known fact that Pakistan’s enemies want to deny us Baluchistan as it can greatly improve Pakistan’s economy and Arsalan Iftikhar definitely did not deserve such an important post as has been provided for him by the current government. It is very disappointing that this government is following in the footsteps of Rehman Malik, the erstwhile Interior Minister for the PPP government.

He had facilitated the Americans to an unusual extent, eventually he was suspected of having brought in scores of CIA and maybe ‘Blackwater’ agents, he had also very graciously issued arms permits for lethal weapons foreigners should not be allowed to carry in Pakistan. Now it seems that the Sharif government is too eager to please India etc for the sake of business interests and soon Pakistan could be flooded with RAW operatives in disguise. An army operation is underway in North Waziristan which is imperative for peace in Pakistan, in war-time bringing in flocks of Indians to further destabilize the situation is sheer lunacy.

By: Sabena Siddiqi

Note: Al-Rasub is not responsible for writer personal opinion.

3 COMMENTS

  1. “The Sharif’s business interests in India have resulted in extra-ordinary negative repercussions for Pakistan’s security. Businessmen close to them are also pursuing Indian businesses with gusto not caring about fair or foul. There are various business ventures being initiated by the business-friendly party currently in government and its friends which break security norms and are most definitely not in Pakistan’s interest.” Total gibberish. Pakistan trades with most countries in the world except its large neighbor. This has been one of the most serious impediments to its economic development. Please get with the globilization process! Trade with India should definitely be on an even playing field and there is nothing against agitating and writing in favor of this. So please focus your keen insights on promoting free and fair trade with India. The huge minority of muslims in India have not been corrupted by the ‘culture’ of India so why is the writer so paranoid that trade with India somehow will mess up Islam in Pakistan?

  2. I find the article confusing, with sweeping generalisations, popular myths floated by the right and simply just statements without arguments. I agree with the integrity questions on some persons. But, nothing new was exposed here. And no link or reason was clarified between security and cultural risks vis a vis to Indian investment in media. Written in a lot of hurry, I suppose.

  3. The writer is too pessimistic. Islam is religion that is a symbol of secularism. No religion preaches unethical social values. Malaysia as an Islamic country is a model to follow. Live and let others live is the best policy. Yes while opening our doors all issues be resolved sequentially with open arms by taking bold and unpopular decisions by either side otherwise poverty stricken hunger for India and Pakistan is written on the wall.