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No change in trade policy with India: Pak amid buzz over trade minister

Pakistan's Ministry of Commerce issued a statement, saying Ministry of Commerce manages 57 Trade Missions in 46 countries which includes the post of Minister (Trade and Investment) in New Delhi, India

India Pakistan relations | India trade policy | Shahbaz Sharif

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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on Wednesday said the appointment of a "trade minister" in was a routine process and there was "no change" in its trade policy with India.

On Tuesday, media reports said Qamar Zaman had been made Pakistan's "trade minister in New Delhi", giving rise to speculation of a thaw in the present frigid bilateral trade relations between the two neighbours.

Pakistan's Ministry of Commerce issued a statement on Wednesday, saying Ministry of Commerce manages 57 Trade Missions in 46 countries which includes the post of Minister (Trade and Investment) in New Delhi, India."

There is no change in Pakistan's policy on trade with India, the ministry clarified. It further said that the Post of Minister (Trade and Investment) in exists for more than two decades and has no connection with the operationalisation of trade with India or otherwise in the current context.

The current cycle for selection of Trade and Investment Officers (TIOs), including New Delhi, was initiated in December 2021 and the final recommendations of the Interview Board were sent to the Prime Minister's Office on January 4, 2022 which was during the previous government's term led by Imran Khan.

The present government has given the final approval on the recommendations of the previous government for selection of 15 TIOs, the ministry said.

The appointment of Minister (Trade and Investment) New Delhi, therefore, may not be seen in the context of any relaxation of trade restrictions with India, it said.

Tensions between India and have spiked since abrogated the Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.

India's decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian envoy. also halted bilateral trade with India.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of the Article 370 was its internal matter. It also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.

India has told Pakistan that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Islamabad in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence.

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First Published: Thu, May 12 2022. 07:09 IST