Pakistan’s Trade and Investment Prospects in Sri Lanka – Supplements

Ismail Suttar, President Employers Federation of Pakistan

The recent high-poweredtrade andinvestment conferencein Colombo, Sri Lanka, hosted forPakistani Prime Minister Imran Khanand his carefully assorted businessmenby the newly-elected Sri Lanka Government, concluded with arenewed sense of solidarity.

As I recall,during the 1971 Indo-Pak War [that ledto the creation of Bangladesh], the Sri Lankan Government had allowedPakistani jets to refuel in their airbases,and then later in 2009 Pakistan returned the favor by offering armsand ammunition to Sri Lanka duringits civil war against the LiberationTigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In between that period, the two countriessigned a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2005, which featured a…

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