As Pakistan grapples with devastating floods, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said on Monday that the government was considering resuming trade with India. The minister said the government was considering importing vegetables and other edible items from India to facilitate people after recent floods destroyed crops across the country, Radio Pakistan reported.
Former security adviser Moeed Yousuf is reportedly working on some proposals regarding trade with India, Dawn reported. Former commerce adviser Razak Dawood has also spokem on several occasions for the resumption of trade with India.
Pakistan had formally suspended its trade relations with India since August 2019 following Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s decision to revoke Article 370 that granted Jammu and Kashmir a special status.
Trade relations between India and Pakistan were already strained following the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, as the Modi government imposed 200 per cent customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring nation.