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Pakistan puts cotton imports from India on hold as tensions mount

KARACHI/MUMBAI: Pakistan has suspended cotton imports from its top supplier, India, saying shipments failed to fulfil phyto-sanitary certification, threatening the $822 million-a-year trade, government and industry officials said. Traders say rising hostility between the neighbours might have prompted Pakistan to restrict imports. The decision will help other cotton suppliers such as Brazil and the United States to increase exports to Pakistan. "We had received some complaints regarding insects, pests, in cotton…