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Pakistan set to put Indian textiles on negative list

The import of cotton and synthetic-based Indian textile goods, including all types of yarns, fabric and garments, should be put on the negative list, demanded Tariq Saud, Chairman, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), in an in-house meeting of the Association.

The unchecked onslaught of imported and smuggled textile goods has created a crisis situation in the textile industry, on which he expressed concerns.

Joblessness and mill closure in Pakistan was because of domestic commerce becoming hostage to Indian goods; the Chairman said and added that this was an encroachment of the Indian textile industry in the domestic commerce of Pakistan.

Immediate action is required on the surge in dumping of Indian textile goods in the country as the start of the summer production season is about to begin, said Saud. He believes that India is creating hurdles in the way of level playing field as it introduced Pakistan-specific duties, reaching to the highest range of 100 per cent and that India was providing safeguards to its textile industry. Thus, Pakistan goods were met with discriminatory treatment. The Government should not deny a level playing field to the textile industry of Pakistan for trade with India. Aamir Fayyaz, APTMA Punjab Chairman said that India has waged an economic war against Pakistan by hurting its textile industry.