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Pakistan says trade regime with India remains unchanged

Pak govt has put restriction of importing 500,000 cotton bales in a year through Wagah border while there was not any such restriction on Karachi port

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Flags of Pakistan and India. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Flags of Pakistan and India. (Photo: Shutterstock)

has said that trade regime with remains unchanged despite tensions in the bilateral relationship.

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir made the remarks at the Senate Standing Committee on Textile Industry in response to a point raised by Committee Chairman Senator Mohsin Aziz, who said a huge quantity of Indian raw cotton had been stopped at Port, state-run Associated Press of reported.

Responding to the question, Dastgir on Thursday said that the government has not issued any notification in this regard.

However, he said the government has put restriction of importing 500,000 cotton bales in a year through while there was not any such restriction on port.

Aziz said the government should instead ban value-added products from the neighbouring country in a bid to protect the local textile industry.

The meeting was informed that the local textile industry was in a dilapidated condition and its were on the decline due to a number of issues including high prices of gas and electricity, high tariffs on import of input materials for industries, lack of progress on restructuring of bank loans and failure to revive sick units.

Dastgir said the government was committed to resolve all the genuine issues of the textile industrialists and it had already met a number of their demands including provision of uninterrupted electricity and gas to the industry.

It was decided that a meeting would be held in to resolve the issue of banking sector with the textile industry in which representatives from the textile industry, the State Bank of Pakistan, Bank of and private banks would be invited.

First Published: Fri, December 02 2016. 17:02 IST
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