New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over an important meeting on Friday which will be attended by several cabinet ministers and will decide the level of relations with India.
The meeting comes a day after Pakistan Cabinet on Thursday reportedly rejected the proposal to import sugar ad cotton yarn from India. On Wednesday, the Pakistani Cabinet Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had proposed the resumption of trade with India for sugar, cotton and yarn from India amid scarcity in Pakistan.
As per India Ahead sources, the Pakistan government said the proposal made by ECC was a commercial body decision however their decision is a political one. The Pakistan Government reportedly said that they won’t resume the trade unless India does not discuss or move forward with the Kashmir issue.
The ECC meeting in which it had proposed to resume the trade was presided over by the newly appointed Pakistan Finance Minister Hammad Azhar, which had 21 other items on its agenda. Earlier, the Commerce and Textile ministries had submitted five critical summaries for approval besides others.
The Imran Khan-led government had snapped their trade ties with India in August 2019 after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre divided the erstwhile state into two different Union Territories.
In another incident, what was being seen as a thawing of ties between the two countries, Imran Khan had replied to PM Narendra Modi’s greetings on Pakistan Day on March 29 with a letter. In the letter, he had urged for the creation of an “enabling environment” between India and Pakistan to resolve their outstanding issues.
Earlier in February, Pakistan’s Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had also asked India “to bury the past and move forward”. This latest development is definitely going to put a spanner in the work being done from both sides to normalise their trade relations.