Pakistan's U-turn Imran government will not ask for sugar-cotton from India, said- relations will not improve till Kashmir gets special status back
According to Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shirin Mazri, Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that relations with India will not be normal until the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 is restored
Pakistan's Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Wednesday approved the proposal to import cotton and sugar from India, which has been rejected by the Imran government. The ECC announced on Wednesday to bring sugar, cotton and yarn from India.
According to Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shirin Mazri, Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that relations with India will not be normal until the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 is restored. .
Import was announced after the ECC meeting
Pakistan's Finance Minister Hammad Azhar announced the import from India in a press conference after the ECC meeting chaired by him. He had told that the ECC has approved the proposal to import 5 lakh tonnes of sugar from India. Apart from sugar, a decision was taken to remove the ban on import of cotton by June.
Indian sugar cheaper by 15 to 20 rupees from other countries
Azhar had said that imports from India have been approved to overcome the shortage of sugar in the country and to keep its prices under control. Sugar procured from India will be cheaper by 15 to 20 rupees per kg from other countries. He said that small and medium enterprises would benefit from sourcing cotton from neighboring countries.
Politics started in Pakistan on the verdict
The Pakistan government has been facing severe criticism from opposition parties over the decision to procure sugar and cotton from India. According to Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Ahsan Iqbal, the people of the country are paying the price for the Imran government's failure.
Iqbal said in Islamabad that I want to know if India has withdrawn its decision on article 370? Has India made any concessions also? All this proves that the government has failed to protect the country.
Reham Khan also attacked Imran's government
The Finance Minister had said that Pakistan is exploring scope for import from India due to crop failure. On this, Imran Khan's ex-wife Reham Khan wrote on social media that what has changed in the weather that the crop has been ruined on this side of the outskirts, while there is so much cotton in India that it is selling to other countries.
Getting expensive from other countries instead of India
According to Dr. Ajay Sahai, Director General and CEO of Federation of Indian Exporters Association, Pakistan has taken import decisions purely for economic reasons. According to him, the prices of sugar and cotton have increased in Pakistan. They had floated tenders, but getting them from other countries is costing them dearly.