Colombo, May 20 (BAN/ AD): As violence against Muslims post Easter Sunday bombings trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has come to a standstill. Pakistan-Sri Lanka Business Forum Chairman Aslam Pakhali said “Rice and textile exports to Sri Lanka from Pakistan have stopped. Potato export has also reduced drastically.” He also said “It is the Muslim community in Sri Lanka that imports Pakistani products and sells them there. They are partners of Pakistani exporters.”
He further added “Their shops, super stores and godowns are being targeted. The goods exported from Pakistan have been unloaded at the Sri Lankan port, but the importers are not getting them cleared because of the deteriorating law and order situation there.”
As per Pakhali “The loss to the Muslim community by now is estimated at $500 million and payments to the Pakistani exporters amounting of $30 million have been withheld.”
A Sri Lankan businessman Zainul Abideen told The Express through WhatsApp that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka was facing a ton of problems and was under siege.