Hoping that the ongoing Punjab-Punjab diplomacy will come out with a better future for this region, a business delegation along with bureaucrats from Pakistan crossed over to India through the Attari border on Friday.
The delegates are part of the ongoing visit of Pakistan's Punjab province chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and will be holding talks on various issues with their Indian counterparts on Saturday.
Applauding the efforts made by two Punjabs, the Pakistani delegates felt that the beginning can go a long way if union governments of both the nations support this initiative fully.
Ten people crossed over to India while a few members of the business community had already reached Delhi with Shahbaz Sharif.Talking to HT, Tariq Bucha, co-chairman of the Task Force for Indo-Pak Trade said, "It is a wonderful initiative. We have high hopes that this start will become a regular affair and will benefit the region."
Pakistan's Punjab province CM Shahbaz Sharif is on a return visit to Indian Punjab and there are many sectors such as agriculture, power and besides other from which both Punjabs can benefit each other. "Our union government supports the idea fully," Bucha added.
Bucha claimed that they will go to Ludhiana and have talks with experts at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). "Agriculture is a sector with a lot of potential and we feel that both Punjabs can help each other mutually," he added.
On relationships between two nations, he said, "This is something political. But I can just say that regular exchanges can break the ice to a great extent."
Another four-member delegation led by Irfan Elahi, director, department of planning and development, Punjab, also hoped that a lot can be gained from the exchange programmes between two Punjabs.
"There are sectors in which we are well accomplished and in certain areas, the Indian Punjab state is good at. We can have a great future on economic front if all goes well. We will have meetings with the Indian counterparts and focus will be to make progress in the commerce sector."
Meanwhile, noted trader Rajdeep Uppal reached the Attari border to welcome the guests.