ISLAMABAD - The government of Pakistan has imposed ban on the export of onions through land route via Wagha border to India in order to check the commoditys price in the country, which has increased manifold. The Ministry of Commerce has imposed ban on the export of onion through land route i.e Wagha border, while the export of the commodity would continue through sea route, said an official of the Ministry. He further said that despite allowing export through sea routes, the government would keep check on the commoditys export through this route so that the commoditys shortfall does not occur in the country, he added. It is worth mentioning here that the commodity prices had surged to the higher level of Rs 90 per kg in the country due to its massive export to India, which created shortage in the country. Besides, its export to India, the commodity price surged because its crop was destroyed on thousands of acres due to the devastating floods in the country in July and August last year. According to the unofficial reports, more than 50,000 tons of the commodity had been exported to India despite less yield of the crop this season. The market sources told The Nation that the country would have to face severe shortage of the commodity if the government did not impose ban on its export. However, they criticised the government for delay in imposing the ban on its export, as this step should have been taken much earlier. OUR MONITORING DESK adds: Dubbing Pakistans decision to ban onion exports across the Wagah border as shocking, India Thursday said the issue has been taken up with the concerned authorities in Islamabad, ZEEBIZ.COM reported. It is shocking and unfortunate that Pakistan has banned onion exports to India via land route. We have urged them that the contracted quantities which were to come via the land route should be released, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said here. He said the government is also exploring all the opportunities. Sharma said that state-run State Trading Corporation (STC) and PEC had contracted onions from Pakistan. The matter has been discussed with the High Commissioner in Islamabad, who has already met the concerned officials. He said whatever decisions are taken should be implemented prospectively and the convoy of trucks should not have been stopped. Asked whether Pakistans action was in retaliation to India restricting cotton exports, Sharma said New Delhis decision was not aimed at Pakistan. The government has put a ceiling of 55 lakh bales on cotton exports for the current season. However, a large quantity of onions from Pakistan will be reaching Mumbai via the sea route. Meanwhile, STC has also approached the External Affairs Ministry, seeking its intervention in the issue. We have written a letter to the External Affairs Ministry to intervene in this issue, a senior official said. Meanwhile, the ban angered traders across Punjab, who said they had not been given any warning about the stopping of exports and had already accepted sizeable orders from Indian importers. The traders said they could lose millions of rupees due to the governments decision and truckloads of onions already at Wagah could go waste. Traders organised protests against the governments decision at markets in Gujranwala and Lahore. The government should at least allow the 300 truckloads of onions at the border to be exported, said Hamid Aziz, an exporter at the fruit and vegetable market at Ravi Road.