There is no proposal under consideration for resumption of trade or import of vegetables from India. Foreign Office Spokesman Asim Iftikhar said we are in touch with countries in the region to facilitate import of those commodities “as early as possible”, he said.
Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said that more than one international agency has approached the government to allow them to bring food items from India through the land border. The minister however said that the government will take a decision in this regard after consulting its collation partners and key stakeholders.
Shortage of vegetables
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued Statutory Regulatory Orders for the time-bound exemption of the duties and taxes on the import of onion and tomatoes. The recent floods in Pakistan have led to a shortage of onions and tomatoes, leading to a significant rise in prices.