Pakistan can consider importing food items from India: Minister
In August 2019, Pakistan suspended all trade with India as part of measures aimed at retaliating against New Delhi’s decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir
Pakistan can consider importing vegetables and other food items from India to help people cope with the widespread destruction of crops in the recent flash floods, Pakistani finance minister Miftah Ismail said on Monday.
Ismail made the remarks during an interaction with journalists in Islamabad that was organised to present the Shehbaz Sharif government’s views on moves by leaders from former prime minister Imran Khan’s party to stymie Pakistan’s efforts to secure a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.
While responding to a question from a reporter, Ismail said the Pakistan government can consider importing vegetables and other edible items from India to facilitate people following the destruction of standing crops in recent floods, according to state-run Radio Pakistan. The minister did not give details.
Another journalist then questioned Ismail about Pakistani ministers who had favoured trade with India having to step down. Ismail responded to this by saying: “If people have to go home to protect themselves from inflation, then it is fine. As I am working for the improvement of the economy, I hope I will not be fired.”