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Pak commerce secretary visits ICP

HT Correspondent  Amritsar, December 13, 2012
First Published: 20:36 IST(13/12/2012) | Last Updated: 20:43 IST(13/12/2012)

Reacting to the concerns shown by Indian authorities over hundreds of stranded trucks and need for upgrading infrastructure at the ICP, the commerce secretary of Pakistan Munir Qureshi reached India.

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Qureshi was accompanied by a five-member delegation and they spent around five hours on the Indian side before returning. He met the senior customs officials of India and also had a look at the infrastructure, handling of operations and other aspects of the ICP.

Qureshi said that Pakistan was also planning to expand the infrastructure to match the facilities available on the Indian side.

As India had been regularly asking Pakistan to clear more trucks so that the backlog could be cleared, Qureshi also had a look at the long queue of trucks on the main Attari road.

The delegation also talked to the truck drivers to know their grievances.

Even the ICP has not been able to solve the rush of trucks and trucks could be seen lined up to a distance of 5 km on the main Attari road. Hundreds of trucks carrying tomatoes and soyabean are awaiting clearance to enter Pakistan.

An Indian official at the ICP said, "The long queue of trucks is a major issue and we have been regularly taking up with Pakistan to allow more trucks into their territory each day. Till now about 150-170 trucks are crossing over but that is not sufficient."

The commerce secretary and his team not only ensured that they will try to find a solution to this but also maintained that Pakistan was also aiming to have a matching infrastructure on their side of the ICP.

As India and Pakistan are talking of expansion in trade through this border route, there is major need that Pakistan also gears up infrastructure on its side.

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