Boosting Business Ties: Pakistani SIM Cards May Be Allowed Access In India Soon!

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India may soon allow mobile phone SIM cards issued in Pakistan to function in the country, a unilateral measure that could boost trade ties between the two neighbours that have so far cited security concerns to deny a longstanding demand of businessmen on both sides of the border.

Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher has written to the home ministry asking that Pakistani SIM cards be allowed access in India, a government official told ET, adding, “Pakistanis coming on visas are not terrorists. Giving SIM card access will only enhance business ties between the two nations.” Kher’s letter comes ahead of a meeting between Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir Khan on July 24.

This will be the first bilateral ministerial meeting since the Narendra Modi-led government took charge at the Centre. The two ministers are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the South Asian Free Trade Area ( Safta) ministerial council in Bhutan and expected to discuss the road map for liberalisation of bilateral trade. Original post at The Economic Times

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