Prime Minister Imran Khan is back to his official work after recovering from the Covid-19. He chaired the meeting of the federal cabinet to decide whether to accept a proposal to allow import of sugar and cotton from India.
The proposal to allow import from India has invited strong reaction from the opposition as well as Kashmiris who believe this is not the time to normalize ties with India. Under pressure, the federal cabinet decided not to give a go ahead for trade ties with India.
The government seems to have given in to the public pressure. Many people rejected the idea of resuming trade with India without progress on the longstanding issue of Kashmir. Opposition parties also rejected the government’s move to resume trade ties with India.
Kashmir has been at the heart of tensions between the two countries for decades. The two countries have fought wars and held several rounds of talks on the disputed territory.
Both sides claim the region full but rule only parts of it. Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties and suspended trade with India after New Delhi revoked the special status of Kashmir in August 2019.
The Indian move to do away with the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir has further complicated the longstanding issue. Pakistan has made it clear that India has to review its actions in Kashmir before any normalization can take place.