KARACHI: The All Pakistan Textiles Mills Association (Aptma) has demanded non-discriminatory market access in India before granting it the Most Favorite Nation (MFN) status, stressing that without level playing field there could be no trade liberalisation between the two nations.

In a statement issued on Monday, Aptma chairman Muhammad Yasin Siddik pointed out that trade balance is heavily tilted in favour of India due to a whole array of regulatory duties and other levies on imports from Pakistan

India’s central and state governments separately give various rebates and incentives to their exporters which make their exports cheap and results in dumping in other countries including Pakistan, the Aptma leader said.

He cited a number of taxes and levies imposed on Pakistan’s textile items and added that without removing inequalities Pakistan should not move forward in opening its borders to Indian textiles.

Opinion

Editorial

Crime against humanity
Updated 03 Dec 2021

Crime against humanity

The government has yet to fulfil its long-standing pledge to criminalise enforced disappearances.
03 Dec 2021

Revised valuations

THE revised property valuations notified by the FBR for 40 cities for the purpose of collecting federal taxes —...
03 Dec 2021

PWD await rights

ON the International Day of Disabled Persons, it is important to take stock of how far Pakistan has come in ensuring...
02 Dec 2021

Funding for polls

THE PTI government’s autocratic mentality is again on full display, even as it feigns adherence to the law....
02 Dec 2021

Soaring prices

PRICES are surging. And they are increasing at a much faster pace than anticipated, burdening millions of...
Ali Wazir’s bail
Updated 02 Dec 2021

Ali Wazir’s bail

IT has been a long time coming, but MNA and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement leader Ali Wazir has finally been granted bail...