NEW DELHI - India and Pakistan will resume trade normalisation process on the sidelines of the SAFTA Ministerial meeting in Bhutan next month . Both Indian and Pakistani Commerce Ministers are likely to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the meet0. Pakistani High Commissioner to India , Abdul Basit, however refused to give a commitment on when his country would extend the ‘Non-Discriminatory Market Access’ status to India as promised in the trade liberalisation schedule.
“Bilateral talks have resumed. Both Prime Ministers have met and talked about all issues. We hope things will be carried forward when the time comes,” Basit told the media at an India-Pakistan event organised by FICCI.
Mehta said India was ready to bring down the duties on crucial items, including textiles from Pakistan to 5 per cent or below as agreed to in the trade normalisation schedule. But it would happen only when Pakistan extends NDMA to India .