It is likely that Pakistan will import insecticides from India in order to control the current locust infestation. The proposal will be discussed by the federal cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
This if approved will be a noteworthy development as for months all kinds of trade and business have been suspended between the two countries. If the government makes an exception in this case to overcome the challenge faced by its agriculture sector, it would be quite interesting.
When India revoked Article 370 and 371 of the constitution to annex Occupied Kashmir on August 5, 2019, Pakistan ended its trade with India.
Other than this discussion, the cabinet meeting will also reconsider the power and gas sector prices. It is a difficult task to meet the International Monetary Fund (IMF) requirement for disbursement of the next tranche of $450 million.
The cabinet will be briefed by Dr. Sania Nishtar, the special adviser to the PM on social protection and poverty alleviation regarding the engagement of party parliamentarians in the Ehsaas program.
Also, a detailed presentation on the regulatory duties and taxes on pulses will be given by the adviser to the prime minister on finance & revenue, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. The cabinet will look at different proposals for decreasing and regulating the prices of the edible items in the retail market.
Furthermore, there is a proposal by the cabinet to establish a National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) on its agenda. Cases of overseas employment promoters’ licenses, surrender, transfer, and change of jurisdiction will be considered.