Govt permits import of life-saving medication from India

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has allowed import of life-saving medicines from India in an effort to present aid to sufferers.

The Ministry of Commerce has issued Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) to permit import and export of medicines to and from India. Earlier, the officers of Ministry of Commerce had claimed that Pakistan would import medicines and vaccines from China after suspending commerce with India. Nonetheless, the federal government has now determined to revive import of medicines from the neighbouring nation.

In August, Pakistan’s Nationwide Safety Council had determined to droop bilateral commerce with India after Indian authorities’s resolution to situation a presidential order to repeal Article 370 of the Indian structure. On August 09, the Ministry of Commerce had issued an SRO for suspending commerce ties with India together with banning every kind of imports and exports after getting approval from the federal cupboard. Official figures of bilateral commerce between Pakistan and India confirmed that Pakistan’s exports to India stood at $263 million in final monetary yr and imports from India $1.499 billion in 2018-19.

Within the aftermath of Pulwama incident, exports from March to June 2019 bought slowed down because it stood at $14 million in Feb 2019, $7 million in March 2019, $four million in April 2019, $three million in Might 2019 and $four million in June 2019. In earlier months of final fiscal yr, the month-to-month exports have been hovering round $21 million to $44 million on month-to-month foundation. Imports from India remained in vary of round $101 million minimal to $150 million most on month-to-month foundation in final fiscal yr.

The Indian authorities had imposed 200 per cent obligation on imports from Pakistan after Pulwama assault, apart from withdrawing most-favoured nation (MFN) standing. In line with official information, imports from India had declined by over 36 per cent in 4 months (February to June) in wake of Pulwama assault. Imports from India remained $965 million from February-June 2018 whereas this yr the figures have declined to $611 million within the corresponding interval. Pakistan had not imposed any obligation on Indian merchandise on that point.


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