Pakistan-India trade talks to resume on Tuesday

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India will resume secretary-level trade talks in New Delhi on Tuesday which is likely to agree on fresh timelines for implementing the roadmap for removing bottlenecks in trade liberalization.

The talks which are being held after a gap of 16 months will only maintain the momentum of talks as part of the composite dialogue process because substantive talks between the two countries will only be held after general elections in India as the current Lok Sabha will complete its constitutional term on May 31, 2014.

Meanwhile‚ Minister of State for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan will arrive in New Delhi on Thursday to attend the SAARC Business Conclave starting on Friday. The minister is expected to meet his Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the conclave.

The two ministers, after the secretary-level meeting, are likely to announce new timelines for continuation of trade liberalisation talks.