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'Hope new govt will pursue policy of peace'

Harkirat Singh, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, May 09, 2014
First Published: 08:38 IST(9/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:04 IST(9/5/2014)

Pakistan high commissioner in India, Abdul Basit, has expressed hope that the new Indian government, which will assume office after the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, will pursue a policy of peace towards Pakistan so as to ensure prosperity and development in the region.

“We hope that the two countries would engage with each other for a comprehensive and strategic boost to bilateral trade relations”, Basit said while talking to media persons here on Friday after inaugurating ‘The Pakistan Show’, a five-day event that opened at Trillium Mall.

The show, which brings the two Punjab together, is being jointly organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and t he Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

Commenting on the event, Basit said that such shows happening over a number of years are testimony to the fact that the business communities in the two countries are keen and eager to see peace ushering in on both sides of the border.

The high commissioner said that the interest of both the countries is in boosting and enhancing not only bilateral trade but also people-to-people contact.

The governments on both sides are committed to boost bilateral trade so that peaceful development can be realised on both sides of the border sooner than later, he added.

Basit pointed out that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already indicated his desire for ‘aman, shanti’ (peace) and development towards the new Indian government.

He said that even issues like the Kahsmir problem can be solved through talks. When his attention was drawn to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, the high commissioner observed, “Pakistan is one of the worst sufferers of terrorism with over 50,000 people having been killed in the last couple of years”.

RS Sachdeva, co-chairman, Punjab committee, PHDCCI, in his address at the inauguration, said, “The recent back-to-back cross-border visits of delegates of commerce and industry from both the countries have definitely given a boost to the bilateral trade”.

Dalip Sharma, regional director, PHDCCI, said that the footfall in trade and business is increasing with the passage of time.

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