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Import of sugar from India to sweeten relations


ISLAMABAD:

The Economic Coordination Committee’s (ECC) decision to allow the import of sugar and cotton from India is not just aimed at meeting the domestic needs but is part of a gradual process to seek rapprochement with India.

The ECC move raised many eyebrows as some questioned the government’s policy given the fact that it had earlier linked the resumption of trade with India to New Delhi revoking the special status of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan in reaction to the Indian August 5, 2019 move had taken a raft of measures. It not only downgraded diplomatic ties but also suspended bilateral trade with India.

The government in the past repeatedly stated that any re-engagement with India could only happen if New…

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