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Badal welcomes India-Pak visa norms relaxation

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said relaxation of visa norms between India and Pakistan would usher "a new era of economic development by promoting bilateral trade, thereby benefiting the country in general and Punjab in particular.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 09, 2012 11:03 IST
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Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said relaxation of visa norms between India and Pakistan would usher "a new era of economic development by promoting bilateral trade, thereby benefiting the country in general and Punjab in particular.


Talking to media persons after inaugurating the 220KV Grid station here, the chief minister said the Indo-Pak trade has already got a major fillip with the opening of Integrated Check Post at Attari-Wagah border but it could be enhanced manifolds if visa norms between both the countries are relaxed.

Emphasizing on abolition of the physical barriers between the two countries, Badal said the age old socio-cultural ties between India and Pakistan could be strengthened through people to people contact.

Badal said free trade between the two countries would play a pivotal role in the development of the border areas of the state.

Addressing a gathering, the chief minister said the state government was committed to the development of border areas for which "path-breaking" initiatives were being taken by them.

He said that soon a Skill Centre would be opened at Chohla Sahib in which experts from the foreign companies would impart technical training to the youth of the area thereby enabling them to earn their livelihood.