Pakistan to trade life-saving drugs with India despite tensions


Pakistan will continue the trade of life-saving medicines with India to facilitate the patients in both countries as the tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries are at peak over the latter’s annexation of occupied Kashmir.

In this regard a statutory regulatory order was issued by the Ministry of Commerce, permitting the import and export of medicines to and from India.

Last month, following India’s abrogation of Article 370, Pakistan suspended bilateral trade with India and downgraded diplomatic ties by expelling latter’s high commissioner to the country.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), which was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. This was the second such meeting called by the premier in this week concerning crisis emanating from Kashmir.

“PM directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations,” a statement issued after the meeting had said.

In a statement issued later that day, a Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson had said that Pakistan had expelled the Indian envoy, whereas it will not send its own to the Indian capital, which has also been conveyed to India.

“Our ambassadors will no longer be in New Delhi and their counterparts here will also be sent back,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said after the meeting.

India’s decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status has drawn ire of native Kashmiris, Islamabad and the global community for violating international treaties.