The Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) took out a rally on Sunday starting from Masjid-e-Shuhada and concluding at the Wagah border, to protest the bestowal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. The DPC appears to be wrapping itself in somewhat more diplomatic garb than before, by suggesting that a referendum on the policy ought to be conducted. The results of which would be entirely acceptable to them, whether in favour of, or against the granting of MFN status. Such a democratic principle is a welcome one to hear from the DPC. However, it is also certain that it is yet nothing more than a pressure group, which steps out at certain turning points to help mould public opinion into a formidable force, in a direction towards which it is already somewhat inclined. Every time the DPC simply flexes its public pressure muscles, without any clout in policy-making circles, it demonstrates a childish sort of simplistic stubbornness about issues on which the public ought to be better educated and informed. Perhaps the DPC would do well to construct a coherent economic argument against the granting of MFN status and attempt to debate the merits and demerits of the case in order to be taken more seriously. Public conferences are well and good. But just brawn and no brains is not going to work in the long run.