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High time we sever trade ties with India, says Pakistan opposition party

The Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party asked the government to immediately break trade ties with India. Photograph:( Getty )

PTI Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Nov 27, 2016, 01.52 PM (IST)

Politician Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party has urged the government to immediately sever trade ties with India over the death of 13 people including three soldiers in alleged Indian firing along the Line of Control (LoC).

"Indian forces are killing innocent civilians and our army personnel along the LoC but our prime minister is fondly eating bananas being imported from India. It is high time we sever trade ties with India and unite on one platform to pat the enemy in the same coin," the party's vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

Qureshi said defence minister Khawaja Asif, who should have been at the border to defend the country, was defending Sharif in the Panamagate case in the apex court.

At a public meeting in Chhachhro town, Qureshi said the Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N government "had no courage to respond to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's bluff and called for immediately severing trade ties with India", Pakistan daily Dawn reported.

In Umerkot, Qureshi told the press that despite Indian bombing along the LoC, the government had not broken trade ties with the "belligerent neighbour" and urged the UN to get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented, the report in Dawn stated.

He lashed out at the government for the lack of a full-time foreign minister who could fight the Kashmir case in world fora. He also blamed the lack of a full-time foreign minister for the government's weak foreign policy.

He added that Pakistan had yet to respond to Indian aggression along the LoC.