India has declined to comment on Pakistan’s flip-flop over bilateral trade

New Delhi: India on Friday declined to comment on Pakistan’s flip-flop over plans to limit sugar and cotton imports from the country.

Foreign Ministry (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We have seen the report on this. However, as it has become clear that we should point out this question, we are not the right party.”

His response to this question came in the media briefing.

Pakistan’s cabinet on Thursday rejected a proposal by a high-powered committee to import cotton and sugar from India.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that there can be no normalization of relations unless New Delhi rejects the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Summersault comes a day after the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC), headed by newly-appointed Finance Minister Hammad Azhar, on Wednesday decided to buy two key items from India after lifting a nearly two-year-long ban on imports from neighboring countries.

Asked whether India was planning to restore Pakistan to the status of MFN, Bagchi said he had no information on the matter.

India withdrew MFN status in Pakistan after the terrorist attack on Pulwama in 2019.

Asked if there had been any exchange of views between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Qureshi during the conference in Dushanbe, the MEA spokesperson said he was not aware of any such interaction with the Pakistani delegation.

Jaishankar and Qureshi both arrived in the Tajik capital earlier this week to attend the Heart of Asia conference.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process is an initiative aimed at bringing together all key partners to bring lasting peace and stability to war-torn Afghanistan.

This story is published without any change in the text from the feed of any cable company.

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