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Pakistan suspends cotton imports from India


ISLAMABAD:- Rising hostilities between India and Pakistan have brought their $822 million-a-year trade in cotton to a juddering halt.
Informed sources in the textile sector told The Express Tribune that high officials of the plant protection department, which works under federal ministry of food security, have issued verbal orders to the staff to stop issuing permits of import of cotton.

The issuance of import permits from India has been suspended for three days.
The sources said that many textile exporting manufacturers import cotton as well as chemical dyes from India in heavy quantities. The sources in plant protection department said that import of cotton without proper permit has been banned.
Some importers were importing cotton without permit. This facility has been cancelled after the recent tensions with India.
Last month, traders from the Indian state of Gujarat decided to stop supplying vegetables, especially tomatoes and chilli, to Pakistan, the Times of India reports.
Ahmedabad General Commission Agent Association general secretary Ahmed Patel said, “Gujarat used to send 50 trucks having 10 tonnes of vegetables, mainly tomatoes and chilli, to Pakistan from Wagah border but we have stopped supply for the past two days considering the tension between the two countries.”
This was the first time in almost two decades that Gujarat traders decided to halt supply of essential vegetables to its western neighbour, he said. “We will not supply vegetables to Pakistan till the normalisation of relations between the two countries,” Patel said.

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