The Joint Working Group of Indian and Pakistani officials has agreed to liberalise the visa regime between the two countries. The agreement is supposed to encourage greater people-to-people contact, and the promotion of business ties. The agreement, which has not been approved by the respective governments, nor been given a final date for approval, envisages, among other things, multiple-entry visas for traders and businessmen. This appears to be something of an old piece of business, for the whole Pak-India equation has moved on from the people-to-people dialogue that was supposed to create a peace constituency in Pakistan, on the assumption that a few trips to India would make Pakistanis forget that India was not just in illegal occupation of Kashmir, but was brutally suppressing its resistance to Indian occupation forces. However, now the new mantra is trade, and to this end, New Delhi has more or less forced Pakistan to concede it Most Favoured Nation status, even though it has not abated one jot of its illegal occupation, nor has it indicated any willingness whatsoever to concede the Kashmiri people their inalienable right, that of self-determination. It is because of this that businessmen have been given the concession of multiple-entry visas. However, it merely means that the business community will be introduced to the Indian bureaucracy just as were those who had relatives in India, and will have to face its blinkered obduracy, which so often resulted in refusal of visas to genuine applicants under the rules. Another problem that India has caused is that it has misused the visa regime to infiltrate its agents into Pakistan. It will do so again, especially as the Pakistani visa-issuing authorities at its New Delhi High Commission, bend over backwards in their efforts to follow the spirit of this decision, by issuing visas to all and sundry. That the latest mantra will destroy Pakistani commerce and industry is apparently of no concern to Islamabad, which will no doubt also further the United States' wish to see India as a counterweight to China in the region. The new visa regime will also increase the already estimable risk of hostile forces and merceneries from India crossing over into Pakistan under false pretences. It is time to stop the concessions Pakistan has been making ever since the Musharraf era, whose policy on India has been followed by the present government. The national consensus on Kashmir, for a policy based on making no concessions to India, until it fulfils its own commitments and gives the Kashmiri people the right of self-determination in a UN-sponsored plebiscite, must be obeyed.