Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has been persistently championing trade with India in accordance with New Delhi’s wish that was recently met with the granting of MFN status. Arguing it would not harm Pakistan, he said that Pakistani products would be exported to India to the benefit of local entrepreneurs. This is far from the reality. Our businessmen are worried at harsh conditions that India slaps on goods it imports. One major concern is that these products would have to go through a discriminating screening process from each of the Indian state they would pass. Thus, the goods might be indefinitely held on the way to their destination on flimsy grounds, while the actual aim would be to harm Pakistan’s merchant community.