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Pakistan allows trade of life-saving medicines with India

Pakistan allows trade of life-saving medicines with India
September 3, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Owing to Human sympathy, the federal government allowed trade of life-saving medicines from India. According to the details garnered, the government permitted the import of life-saving medicines from India in order to provide relief to patients and the export of life-saving drugs to India was also allowed. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan suspended its trade relations with India, in retaliation against New Delhi s decision to abrogate Article 370 that gave special status to Indian Occupied Kashmir. The permission to export medicines to New Delhi was given by the Ministry of Commerce, which also issued a statutory regulatory order in this regard. However, the Ministry of Commerce has issued the SRO in this regard to amend Export Import Order, 2016. The Ministry of Commerce releases SRO after approval of federal government. Earlier, Pakistan suspended bilateral trade with rival country India after the latter illegally annexed Indian occupied Kashmir by revoking the special constitutional autonomy of the occupied valley through a presidential order rushed through the parliament. Hundreds of thousands of additional troops were posted in the valley following the order and a military curfew imposed. Thousands of Kashmiri political leaders, businessmen, civil activists and other ordinary citizens were arrested. The humanitarian crisis deepened amid 30 days continued blackout and curfew by the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). The Kashmir valley remains cut off from the rest of the world since August 05 due to the continued blockade and suspension of internet, mobile and landline phones and closure of TV channels. The worst type of humanitarian crisis is looming large on the horizon of the occupied territory as people are facing acute shortage of food, medicines and other commodities. Hospitals have run out of medicine stock, while staff finds it difficult to turn up for duty due to curfew and restrictions imposed after India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status a month ago. The IOK businessmen, too, are staring at a grim future as shops and business establishments are yet to resume normal activities for a full a month now. Traders say carrying on routine business is impossible in the absence of mobile and Internet services.