OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Speakers at a seminar on 'Opening trade with India' warned that by awarding India MFN status in haste, the government would endanger Pakistans economy, culture and traditions. Former Chairman Pakistan Steel, General (R) Muhammad Javed, Chairman Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), Syed Nabeel Hashmi, Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Punjab University, Professor Dr. Muhammad Hafeez, Chairman Agri Forum Pakistan, Ibrahim Mughal and President Together For Tomorrow, Dr. Muhamad Asim addressed the seminar held at Punjab University. They said that the bureaucracy is creating a bogey of consumerism and consumer interest which is a fake argument as India still provides subsidy to its industries while any country under WTO providing subsidy, cannot be given MFN status. They pointed out that India 'officially opened its markets for Pakistan in 1996 by granting it MFN status, however, its peculiar Pakistan specific import tariffs and trade barriers restricted Pakistani exports to very low levels. Chairman PAAPAM, Syed Nabeel Hashmi, said that Pakistani bureaucracy is making important economic decisions in haste. Commerce Secretary, Zafar Mahmood, is consoling Pakistani manufacturers that he will put many industries in Negative List, but on the other hand, in his visit to India he said that the Negative List will be valid for a year only.