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Pakistan to Resume Trade With Rival India After 19-Month Hiatus

Pakistan to Resume Trade With Rival India

Pakistan’s government is set to resume trade with India, in the latest sign that tensions are easing between the two nations.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s economic coordination committee approved the import of cotton yarn from India, broadcaster ARY News reported Wednesday, without saying where it got the information. The economic body is discussing the proposal and details will be announced after the meeting ends, the commerce ministry said in a text message.

Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations and suspended bilateral trade with India in August 2019 after New Delhi revoked autonomy for the disputed Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The nuclear-armed neighbors surprised the world last month with a rare joint commitment to respect a 2003 cease-fire agreement along a disputed border that has seen three wars and regular gunfire. The India-Pakistan cease-fire marked a milestone in secret talks brokered by the United Arab Emirates, Bloomberg reported earlier this month.

In a further sign of thawing relations, Khan replied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings on Pakistan Day with a March 29 letter calling for the creation of an “enabling environment” between the two countries to resolve outstanding issues. Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa also asked India “to bury the past and move forward” in rare comments made this month.

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Pakistan is looking to procure cotton after local production is estimated to have dropped below six million bales, which would be lowest in at least 30 years.


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