May I take the liberty to suggest that in view of the diverse views on grant of MFN status to India, a presence of an independent negotiator in the negotiating team not under influence of vested interest would help a lot. This step I believe would be in the national interest. Rather than individual whims or individual preferences or the socio-economic aspect of the trade relationship with India, focus will remain on the core issues that needs to be resolved first. It would be particularly necessary because of the Kashmir conflict. Yusuf H Shirazi, Lahore,?October 15.