India never severed trade ties with Pakistan: Indian diplomat
According to the news of the newspaper Dawn, India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Suresh Kumar said this at a program of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday.
India has never stopped trade relations with Pakistan and the country wants to move forward towards normalizing trade relations. According to the news of the newspaper Dawn, India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Suresh Kumar said this at a program of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday. India always wanted better relations with Pakistan as we cannot change our geography, he said. We want to move towards normal relations with Pakistan, he said.
We didn’t even stop trade with Pakistan. Pakistan did the same. Kumar said, we should think how we can change our problems and situations. Pakistan suspended bilateral trade with India after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019. Also the High Commissioner of India in Islamabad was expelled. He said India desired normal neighborly relations with Pakistan, and stressed that Islamabad had the responsibility to create an environment free of terrorism and hostility for such engagement.
India’s trade with Pakistan stood at US$ 329.2 million in 2020-21 and US$ 830.5 million in 2019-20. He said that there was a decrease in the number of visas issued by the Indian Embassy to Pakistanis during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the number has increased. Kumar said the Indian government is issuing medical and sports visas to Pakistanis. He said that today diplomacy is being influenced by tourism, trade and technology. He stressed that imports are not always wrong and have advantages. Significantly, India is currently doing US $ 120 billion trade with China, in which the trade balance is towards China.
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