No trade with India under current situation: Pakistan PM

at 4:30 pm
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

New Delhi (NVI): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the country cannot go ahead with any trade with India under current situation after holding discussion with his Cabinet members on importing cotton and sugar from India, a media report said today.

According to Pakistan daily, the Ministry of Commerce and economic team of country were immediately instructed to facilitate the relevant sectors, value added, apparel and sugar, by finding alternative cheap sources of import of the needed commodities.

Various proposals have been presented to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) which considers these suggestions from an economic and commercial point of view. After consideration by the ECC, its decisions are presented to the Cabinet for ratification and final approval, the report said.

In the present case, a proposal was presented to the ECC to allow the import of cotton, cotton yarn and sugar from India keeping in view domestic requirements, it said.

On Thursday, Imran Khan had rejected the proposal of the high-powered committee to import cotton from India, with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi asserting that there can be no normalisation of ties until New Delhi reverses its August 5, 2019 decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile India has expressed the desire to normalise relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility, and violence.

The country has said the onus is on Pakistan to create an environment free of terror and hostility.