India: Onus on Pakistan for trade ties resumption | India News

Amid conflicting signals from Pakistan authorities on whether or not Islamabad wanted to resume trade with India, official sources in New Delhi said the onus was on Pakistan on the issue. Sources pointed to the fact that it was Pakistan which had called off trade unilaterally after India’s decision to revoke the special status of J&K. Pakistan’s finance minister Miftah Ismail said this week that Islamabad could consider importing food items from India to deal with shortages resulting from floods in the country.
Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif, however, linked resumption of trade with India to the Kashmir issue. Pakistan wants to see some “concessions” by India on the Kashmir issue before taking any step towards normalising ties. Any concession is unlikely from India which maintains that progress in ties is possible only if Pakistan checks cross-border terrorism. On the issue of trade though, while India is not averse to restoring trade ties, the government believes Pakistan has to take the first step. Sources also said there was no decision on sending aid to Pakistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s foreign office said there was no proposal under consideration currently to allow import of vegetables from India.

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