Pakistan To Likely Lift Ban on Trade With India

The ban on trade with India may be lifted soon as the recent correspondence between the premiers of both countries seemed to have thawed the icy bilateral relations.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, conveyed his well-wishes in a message to Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 20, 2021, after PM Imran tested positive for COVID-19. Modi also sent a letter to Prime Minister Khan on the Pakistan Resolution Day, saying that India desires cordial relations with “the people of Pakistan.” After the suspension of trade with India in 2019, Pakistan has now imported life-saving drugs from India.

A further indication of improvement between both countries came from a statement by Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood.

Speaking to a media outlet, he said, “Since the recent thawing began, the Prime Minister is in isolation being COVID positive. I haven’t talked to him as I don’t want to disturb him. I sincerely hope that trade with India will start again. Trade should be separated from politics.”

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