The Pakistan Cabinet has suspended bilateral trades with India. As an aftermath of revoking Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, the proposal was stated in the National Security Council’s (NSC) meeting and was officially approved by the Pakistan Cabinet on Friday.
As per reports, the decision was taken during a session at the Federal Cabinet. On Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the NSC decided to suspend the bilateral trade with India. In addition, the meeting also directed India to withdraw its High Commissioner from Islamabad and partially shut off its airspace.
The Ministry of External Affairs stated, “The intention behind those measures is to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties. The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on ground.”
Earlier, India had rejected Pakistan’s unilateral move to downgrade the diplomatic ties and asked Islamabad to review those in order to preserve the normal channels for diplomatic communication.
The ministry also stated that India’s decisions are driven by a commitment to extending to Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that were earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution.
Ajay Sahai, Director General, Federation of Indian Exports Organisations was quoted as saying, “The suspension of trade relations will hit Pakistan more as our exports to them have a very limited profile because they did not give us MFN status and violated global trade rules.”