India will remove restrictions on import of 20 items from Pakistan without
insisting on most favoured nation status and transit facility for Afghanistan,
commerce secretary Asif Ali Shah said.
commerce ministry would consult all stakeholders before communicating the list
of 20 items of Pakistan''s preference, newspapers quoted Shah as saying. He said
India made the offer without insisting on MFN status and transit facility for
list, to be prepared in consultation with business and industry, would comprise
items which Pakistan can export easily, without affecting domestic needs, he said.
hope that Pakistan''s exports to India will increase to a reasonable level,"
two-day talks held in New Delhi under the fourth round of composite dialogue process
were followed by a meeting of Joint Study Group (JSC) of the two countries.
said India also showed readiness to import Pakistani cement and for this purpose,
six cement factories have been selected.
20 items of interest to Pakistan are to be included in the list of 484 items on
which Islamabad allows to trade with New Delhi.
trade between the two countries currently stands at $1.67 billion with balance
of trade heavily in favour of India.
meanwhile, has sought a level-playing field for its farm produce in India as it
feels that the agriculture subsidies given by New Delhi is depriving it of the
benefits of free trade in the subcontinent.