Pak wants to buy contraceptives directly from India
New Delhi: Signalling better ties in the
health sector, Pakistan has sought a mechanism for buying
contraceptives directly from India instead of going through
According to Pakistani Population Welfare Minister
Firdous Ashiq Awan, Islamabad does not manufacture
"We pay to UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) which
through international bidding purchases contraceptive
commodities for us," she said at an ASSOCHAM function here.
Awan said after this bidding process, the contraceptives
are sent to Pakistan via Dubai.
"This increases costs, transportation and there is also a
problem of storage," Awan said adding she has requested Union
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that there should be a joint
mechanism for the contraceptives to be supplied to Pakistan
directly from India.
"I requested him we should sit and decide how the
contraceptive commodities we indirectly get from India could
be (supplied to Pakistan) through a joint venture or some
other formal arrangement," she said.
Awan had met Azad yesterday and the two sides had
discussed a host of issues, including improving ties in the
Sources in the Health Ministry said that the Pakistani
Minister had raised the issue of contraceptives during the
meeting yesterday but there was no commitment from the Indian
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