Despite the ongoing tensions over Kashmir dispute, the federal government of Pakistan on Monday (Sep 2) allowed the import of life-saving medicines from India in order to provide to relief to patients.
As per reports, the export of medicines to the Hindu-majority country was also allowed. The permissions were granted by the Ministry of Commerce yesterday, which also issued a statutory regulatory order in this regard.
Last month, Pakistan had suspended bilateral trade with neighbor India after the latter illegally annexed Indian-Occupied Kashmir by revoking the special constitutional autonomy of the occupied valley through a presidential order rushed through the parliament. No only trade ties, Pakistan has also suspended the joint train services as well as diplomatic relations with India.
Tensions between Pakistan and India are running high since August 5, when Narendra Modi led BJP Government revoked the article 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution, which granted the special status to Kashmir.
Curfew and other restrictions are in place in the territory since August 5. Markets and schools are also closed for the past one month. Indian forces are using drones equipped with hi-resolution cameras and night-vision devices to monitor anti-India protests and other pro-freedom activities in the territory.
All internet and communication services including landline and mobile phones and TV channels are closed in the Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu region. Local newspapers are offline while most of them fail to bring out their print editions.
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17 November, 2019