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Locust-hit Pakistan Likely to Import Insecticides from India Despite Trade Ban, Says Report

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Last Updated: February 17, 2020, 17:26 IST

Image for Representation. (Reuters)

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Pakistan is facing its worst locust attack in decades, after insects destroyed crops on a large scale in Punjab province, the country's main region for agricultural production.

Islamabad: Reeling under a major locust attack, Pakistan may allow a one-time exemption to import insecticides from India despite the trade ban which was imposed after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August last year, according to a media report on Monday.

Importing insecticides from India will be discussed during the Pakistan federal Cabinet's meeting on Tuesday, Dawn reported. Pakistan is facing its worst locust attack in decades, after insects destroyed crops on a large scale in Punjab province, the country's main region for agricultural production.

In a meeting earlier this month, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan declared the locust attack a national emergency. The meeting, which was attended by federal ministers and senior officials of the four provinces, also approved a National Action Plan that requires a sum of Rs 7.3 billion to overcome the crisis. Other topics to be discussed by the Cabinet on Tuesday include gas pricing and power bill mandates for getting the International Monetary Fund's next tranche of funds of $450 million, the report said.

The Pakistan government considering the import of insecticides from India comes seven months after Islamabad decided to suspend all trade ties with India on August 9, following New Delhi's decision to abrogate Article 370. The Modi government abrogated Article 370 on August 5 last year, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan also expelled the Indian High Commission in Islamabad in August last year.

first published:February 17, 2020, 17:26 IST
last updated:February 17, 2020, 17:26 IST