Lahore, 2nd April: Prime Minister Imran Khan makes a big announcement regarding the resumption of trade with India.
According to the report of Baaghi TV, Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a special meeting on Friday that trade with India can not be resumed until it recognizes Kashmir as an independent state.
PM Khan said that relations with India could not be normalized without giving Kashmir the right of self-determination and trade with India could not be done until the constitutional situation of occupied Kashmir gets restored.
The meeting was attended by Shah Mehmood Qureshi and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry, where it was agreed not to resume trade with India. The Foreign Ministry briefed on proposals for trade with India.
Dr Moeed Yousuf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, said that trade with India could not take place till the constitutional situation in Occupied Kashmir was restored. He added that we will not move forward unless India reconsiders its wrongdoing.
On Thursday, the federal cabinet had rejected the export of sugar and cotton from India.
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had earlier proposed to import cotton and cheap sugar from India, however, both the proposals got rejected by the Cabinet.
Reiterating Pakistan’s long-standing position in the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that trade with India could not be done at the cost of Kashmir and we can’t import, sugar and cotton from India.
The ECC meeting was held two days ago, where the Committee had approved the resumption of Pak-India trade.
As per reports, after the approval by the ECC, Pakistan was supposed to import cotton from India by June 30, 2021. However, the federal cabinet has rejected the approval of the ECC.