PRESIDENT Zardari in an interview with the Wall Street Journal made some comments that are supported neither by history nor reason. First, he said that India had never been a threat to Pakistan and then went on to remark that freedom fighters in the valley were terrorists. For a western audience and those not having much idea of what has been happening in the region, the comments might as well be taken as gospel truth which would only prove counterproductive to the ongoing struggle against the illegal Indian occupation. Likewise, Mr Zardari missed the point by jumping to the conclusion that trade should be given priority turning a blind eye to the beleaguered Kashmiris who are demanding freedom from the Indian yoke. New Delhi has all along been perceived a veritable threat to the existence of Pakistan. The two countries have gone to war several times, principally on the core issue of Kashmir. Expert observers even saw the danger that the tension between them could escalate into a nuclear nightmare. Likewise in 2002 despite knowing that Pakistan was embroiled in a sticky situation on its western border with a good deal of soldiers committed there, it felt no scruples in amassing hundreds of thousands of troops on its border. It would also be worthwhile to recall the sentiments coming out from New Delhi's power circles in the wake of its nuclear explosions in 1998. A number of politicians, not to mention the then defence minister, thought it was the right time to invade Pakistan. At present despite Islamabad's strong opposition, New Delhi is going ahead with carrying out war games close to Siachen glacier. More and more units of Indian Air force are patrolling the skies of the valley. There are also strong suspicions that the Indian Army units stationed in Afghanistan are engaged in creating mischief in Balochistan and tribal areas. Besides, New Delhi does not hesitate to cut off water flowing into Pakistan in disregard of the Indus Waters Treaty. The freedom struggle in the disputed state has distinctly local colour. The state government in order to quell demonstrations has imposed a curfew in Srinagar but APHC leadership has vowed to defy it and go ahead with protests. Tactics like extra-judicial killings, repression and curfews have become common and are acknowledged by impartial international agencies. Free trade with India sounds pragmatic but it ought not be done while Held Kashmir is on fire and India keeps frustrating Pakistan's all efforts to resolve the issue.