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Indo-Pak trade expo from Feb 13

Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, February 11, 2014
First Published: 17:10 IST(11/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:01 IST(11/2/2014)

City residents will get an opportunity to buy dry fruits, carpets and jewellery from Egypt, Kabul and Pakistan at their doorsteps during a five-day Indo-Pak trade expo scheduled to be held in city from February 13-17 at Gulmor hotel on Ferozepur Road.

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Food stalls of various areas of Pakistan, including Lahore, Multan, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi, will also be put up at the exhibition. Over 150 exhibitors will showcase their exhibits.

The third edition of the exhibition is being organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The expo is also expected to make the relations better between the trading communities of both countries.

Dalip Sharma, regional director, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the exhibition would have things ranging from popular Pakistani onyx marble, textiles, dry fruits from Egypt and Kabul, carpets, jewellery, home appliances, crockery, quilts, besides wrought iron furniture.

Reiterating that people to people contact is must to bring in peace and harmony in Indo-Pak relations, Rajiv Bali, chairman, Punjab Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, "Trade and only trade can bring harmony and peace between the two neighbouring countries."

"More avenues, and events like Indo-Pak International trade expo, need to be organised. This will give an opportunity to the people of both countries to come together, participate and take back the fresh and first hand impressions of the people's perceptions on either sides,"Bali said.

Sharma said, "With India and Pakistan agreeing for 24x7 trading across border, traders are upbeat about the opening of integrated check post round the clock. The trade between the two countries will reach new heights."

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