Pak’s U-Turn On Plans To Resume India Imports


Pakistan’s government has made a swift U-turn on plans to allow limited imports of sugar, cotton and wheat from India after a political backlash against the move. The Pakistani government’s economic coordination committee said on Wednesday that import permits would be approved in a bid to rein in rampant inflation, but politicians criticised the apparent thaw in relations with India.

Pakistan Finance Minister Hammad Azhar had said the government made the decision “in the interest of the people”, when asked why trade was resuming despite the Kashmir tension.

But on Thursday Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters the decision had been “deferred” until India restored Kashmir’s special status.

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