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Japanese automakers' partners take Pakistan's government to court

Japanese car brands dominate the streets of Karachi and other Pakistani cities. (Photo by Ammar Shahbazi)

KARACHI Pak Suzuki Motor and Indus Motor, the Pakistani partner of Toyota Motor, have launched a legal challenge against a new policy that threatens to erode the dominance of Japanese car manufacturers in the country.

The court fight is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between the government and three Japanese marques -- Toyota, Honda Motor and Suzuki Motor -- that critics claim have enjoyed an oligopoly in Pakistan for more than two decades.

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