Qureshi calls up Krishna to seek permission for cotton export


ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart on Saturday talked to each other over telephone and discussed the Pak-India dialogue, cotton export to Pakistan and other bilateral issues.
According to media reports, Qureshi made the call Krishna to discuss issues of mutual interest. The foreign minister told Krishna that India should give permission of exporting 100 million bales of cotton to Pakistan.
The Pakistani textile industry has placed orders in India for a million bales of cotton, as country faces shortage of the commodity, however, the Indian government has so far not given permission for the export.
Qureshi said Pakistan had allowed onion exports to India and now India should reciprocate the gesture with by allowing cotton export. Sources said after the conversation, it is expected that India would allow cotton export to Pakistan.
Earlier, APTMA Central Chairman Gohar Ijaz had met Minister for Textile Rana Muhammad Faroque, asking him to urge India to permit export of cotton to Pakistan.