Pakistan’s government has lifted a nearly two-year ban on the import of sugar from eastern neighbour India, the latest indication of a growing thaw in frozen relations between the South Asian rivals. Al Jazeera reports that speaking in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday, Finance Minister Hammad Azhar said Pakistan would allow the import of 500,000 tonnes of white sugar from India to combat spiking domestic prices. Azhar said a ban on the import of raw cotton from India would also be lifted “by the end of June”.