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No. 992 on trade-list submitted to Pakistan had “Terrorism”

20, May 2011 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. In yet another goof-up in the official documents submitted to Pakistan, it has come to light that government had listed “terrorism” as one of the tradable goods between India and Pakistan when the commerce secretaries met for talks last month.

The list of 1250 commodities was presented by India as an indicative and exhaustive list of goods and services that Pakistan was allowed to send into India. “Terrorism” was listed at number 992 in the list between “Television” and “Textiles”.

“Amazing! I think that concludes our war on terrorism,” said strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellany, “Now Pakistan can claim that their support to terrorist organizations was not only legitimate, it was actually asked by India to do so!”

The officials at the Home Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, Finance Ministry, and Defense Ministry blamed each other for the mistake, which they thought was a “little typo”.

“There were 1250 commodities on that list, why are you focusing on just one?” Home Minister P Chidambaram expressed his frustration, “It is a minor oversight and we would fix the accountability.”

Hafiz Saeed at a rally in Pakistan
Some groups in Pakistan celebrated the news that terrorism could be officially supported and supplied by the establishment in near future.

Sources inform Faking News that Ramesh Chand, 26, a human data entry operator working in the Finance Ministry, could be suspended for this human error.

While the government has called it a minor “oversight”, this error could have far-reaching impacts on international relations, experts warn.

“This is not an ordinary error; this gives a whole new dimension to the way international community has been looking at the issue of terrorism,” Chellany argued, “India has ended up defining ‘terrorism’ as a ‘tradable good’, with Pakistan arguably the leading exporter of this commodity. What if tomorrow Pakistan starts sending invoices for all the terrorism it has supplied to India till date?”

Chellany argues that Pakistan could indeed take on this path as US has been rejecting their bills of late. He said that Pakistan could officially accept that some “state actors” supported Bin Laden in not only hiding him in Pakistan but also in carrying out 9/11. Consequently, Pakistan could send an invoice for the 9/11 attacks, which had cost US dearly.

“They can legitimately ask for billions of dollars now from both the US and India,” Chellany pointed out.

While the Government of India has not reacted to such concerns, sources suggest that the Government of Pakistan is consulting leading economists on whether to accept the charges of supplying/supporting terrorism.