International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressing a press convention in Islamabad, Pakistan on 1 March 2020. — AFP/File

International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi  stated except till India doesn’t revisit its August 5,2019 choice to annex Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan couldn’t normalise ties with its nuclear-armed neighbour. 

The event comes after the federal cupboard rejected an Financial Coordination Committee (ECC) suggestion to import cotton yarn and sugar from India.

The choice to show down the proposal was taken throughout a cupboard assembly chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, hours after Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari stated the cupboard will evaluation the ECC’s selections associated to commerce with India.

In a video assertion, International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated the choice to import cotton and yarn from India got here below dialogue within the cupboard.

“Following a debate on the matter, the federal cupboard [has] delayed the choice,” he stated, including that till India doesn’t revoke its August 5, 2019 choice, normalisation of relations will stay out of the query.

A day earlier, Federal Finance Minister Hammad Azhar had introduced the federal government’s intention to import sugar and cotton from India.

The choice was seen as an essential milestone within the slowly warming ties between the 2 neighbouring international locations.

The minister, in his first press convention since being given the finance portfolio, had spoken concerning the excessive costs of sugar in Pakistan, noting that the federal government had allowed sugar to be imported from different international locations, however the worth of the commodity within the provider international locations had risen significantly.

“Nonetheless, in our neighbouring nation India, the value of sugar is sort of low cost,” he had stated. “Therefore, we’ve got determined to renew sugar commerce with India”.

FM Qureshi had earlier stated a constructive improvement within the Indian perspective in direction of Pakistan had been noticed and the 2 are heading in direction of a constructive trajectory of ties.

The international minister made the comment in Dushanbe throughout an interview after attending the ninth Ministerial Convention of the Coronary heart of Asia-Istanbul Course of.

Qureshi had stated important developments in bilateral ties began with the letter from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitating his counterpart on Pakistan Day, which PM Imran Khan responded to.

Whereas responding to a query, FM Qureshi had stated the revival of Pakistan-India 2013 understanding on the ceasefire on the LoC, Indian PM’s letter of felicitation on Pakistan Day and the truth that Indian International Minister Shiv Shankar Menon didn’t choose to criticise Pakistan on the Coronary heart of Asia Convention, like on earlier events, are constructive and productive developments.

He had stated the revival of the ceasefire on the LoC will profit Kashmiris, who’ve additionally praised the event.

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