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Qureshi for meaningful dialogue with India

BEIJING – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday urged the need for a meaningful dialogue with India.Investment in human capital imperative for development:
Speaking at a large gathering of Chinese scholars and researchers at the China Institute for International Strategic Studies here, he highlighted the recent developments in South Asia and Pakistan’s efforts to defuse the tensions.The foreign minister stressed the need for a meaningful dialogue between neighbouring countries to ensure peace. Commenting on Pakistan-China relations, he termed this all-weather relationship as an anchor for regional stability.Established in 1979 as a non-profit academic organization, CIISS is one of the most prestigious think tanks of China for its distinctive historical background, diversified multi-domain teams of experts, academic quality and policy influence.The foreign minister also met with the leadership of CIISS, led by Vice Chairman Gong Xianfu.Earlier, he arrived in Beijing on a three-day visit to China.At the airport, the FM was received by Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, Pakistani Ambassador in Beijing Masood Khalid and senior officials of the Pakistani embassy.
The foreign minister will participate in the Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue to discuss important matters of bilateral concern, including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. They will also ponder upon the issue of peace and security in the region.Qureshi will also call on the senior leaders of China and hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart.Pakistan, India to finalise Kartarpur corridor alignment todayAmid Pakistan’s commitment to establish the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, work on the project seems to have expedited as officials from both Pakistan and India are holding another meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at proposed zero points to finalise the alignment of the corridor.
This meeting will be succeeded by the first round of talks on March 14 when an 18-member Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal held talks with India for drafting an agreement on Kartarpur Corridor at Attari near Amritsar.Both sides also held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor, he said while speaking to the media upon returning from India.He stated that technical experts from both the countries will meet next Tuesday (March 19). Technical team and experts are scheduled to discuss issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road, and other technicalities.
Both sides had also agreed to hold a second round of discussion at Wagah to finalise the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor on April 2. Last November, both the countries had agreed to set up the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.
Officials from Pakistan and India on Thursday agreed to expedite work to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor. Both sides also held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor, he read out.He spoke to the media upon his return from India, and said that technical experts from both the countries will meet next Tuesday. Technical team and experts are scheduled to discuss issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road, and other technicalities.He had also praised the Indian delegation by stating that they (India) were welcoming and the environment was conducive.The April 2 meeting will be technical in nature and holds great importance, he further said.

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Indian media’s false claim of suspending tomato export

LAHORE: Import of Indian tomatoes to Pakistan was stopped almost more than two years ago when the Pakistani government strictly implemented its photosynthesis regulations commonly known as quarantine rules as the Indian exporters suspended export .
The Indian media in war hysteria after Pulwama incident was making false claim of suspending of tomato exports to Pakistan.Pakistan was importing tomato and other vegetables from India mainly through Wagah-Attari border during the shortage of it in offseason. However, this offseason opportunity was converted into regular exports of Indian vegetables including tomato, potato, garlic, ginger, cauliflower and other seasonal vegetables which resulted in damaging Pakistani farmers’ income.
The framers complained with the then government about violations of the photosynthesis regulations in import of perishable vegetables from India which not only was hitting the farmers’ income but also could be a continuous threat to Pakistan’s agriculture in shape of transfer of agriculture diseases to the country.Mozam Raza, deputy collector Customs posted at Wagah while talking to The News confirmed that not a single consignment of tomatoes or any other vegetables had crossed the Wagah-Attari border after December 2016.
Previously, some day 20 trucks and some day 30 to 35 trucks carrying vegetables majority of tomato consignments crossed the Wagah-Attari border.Only 8 to 10 trucks are crossing from Attari to Wagah nowadays after the Indian government slapped 200 percent duty on Pakistani products by withdrawing Most Favored Nation (MFN) status from Pakistan, Mozam said, adding that not a single Pakistani consignment crossed Wagah border to Attari since then.
Currently, cotton yarn and plastic chemical is being imported from India out of which almost 80 percent is cotton yarn imported by big industrial units, he added.He mentioned that when he was in Customs anti-smuggling department, tomato was being smuggled from Chakhoti Sector where trade route is working for intra-Kashmir trade.
However, the Custom was tipped off about smuggling of Indian tomato from Chakhoti Sector and Islamabad Customs intelligence also intercepted the activity. After successful raids by the anti-smuggling unit, it was also stopped, he further added.
Some occasional activity of tomato smuggling was reported later, which was also controlled as the price was not viable for smuggled tomato to trade. An official of Customs anti-smuggling unit said the department increased its vigilance when the price of tomato increased in the country, especially in Lahore and other districts of Punjab as chances of arrival of smuggled tomato increased.
LAHORE: Import of Indian tomatoes to Pakistan was stopped almost more than two years ago when the Pakistani government strictly implemented its photosynthesis regulations commonly known as quarantine rules as the Indian exporters suspended export due to quarantine issues reported in their produce.The Indian media in war hysteria after Pulwama incident was making false claim of suspending of tomato exports to Pakistan.
Pakistan was importing tomato and other vegetables from India mainly through Wagah-Attari border during the shortage of it in offseason. However, this offseason opportunity was converted into regular exports of Indian vegetables including tomato, potato, garlic, ginger, cauliflower and other seasonal vegetables which resulted in damaging Pakistani farmers’ income.
The framers complained with the then government about violations of the photosynthesis regulations in import of perishable vegetables from India which not only was hitting the farmers’ income but also could be a continuous threat to Pakistan’s agriculture in shape of transfer of agriculture diseases to the country.Mozam Raza, deputy collector Customs posted at Wagah while talking to The News confirmed that not a single consignment of tomatoes or any other vegetables had crossed the Wagah-Attari border after December 2016.
Previously, some day 20 trucks and some day 30 to 35 trucks carrying vegetables majority of tomato consignments crossed the Wagah-Attari border.“Only 8 to 10 trucks are crossing from Attari to Wagah nowadays after the Indian government slapped 200 percent duty on Pakistani products by withdrawing Most Favored Nation (MFN) status from Pakistan,” Mozam said, adding that not a single Pakistani consignment crossed Wagah border to Attari since then.
Currently, cotton yarn and plastic chemical is being imported from India out of which almost 80 percent is cotton yarn imported by big industrial units, he added.He mentioned that when he was in Customs anti-smuggling department, tomato was being smuggled from Chakhoti Sector where trade route is working for intra-Kashmir trade.
However, the Custom was tipped off about smuggling of Indian tomato from Chakhoti Sector and Islamabad Customs intelligence also intercepted the activity. After successful raids by the anti-smuggling unit, it was also stopped, he further added.Some occasional activity of tomato smuggling was reported later, which was also controlled as the price was not viable for smuggled tomato to trade. An official of Customs anti-smuggling unit said the department increased its vigilance when the price of tomato increased in the country, especially in Lahore and other districts of Punjab as chances of arrival of smuggled tomato increased.

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