Pakistan delegation cancels visit to city expo following visa issue

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana:
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 21:16 IST

Dwindling relations between India and Pakistan have also caused a dent on the international engineering expo going on at Ludhiana, as a delegation of 20 industrialists that was supposed to visit the city has cancelled the visit due following visa issue.

The delegation was supposed to visit engineering expo “International Engineering Technology and Sourcing Show “IETSS-2014” that kick started on November 21 and would conclude on November 24.

Key industrial delegation from Pakistan has so far not confirmed their visit after initially agreeing to come as per the organisers of the show. The reason for this apparent cancellation of the visit is visa issue. The delegation was not able to get their visa on time.

CICU general secretary Upkar Singh Ahuja said, “The Pakistani delegation has cancelled the visit. In case the delegation was coming, we might have received a confirmation by now. But, there is no communication so far.”

Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings president Avtar Singh, who has organised the show, said there were some protests at Lahore that could be the reason of cancellation of visit.
Delegation from Gujrawalan and Lahore, including 20 members was supposed to visit the city and hold talks on different trade-related issues.

Ten ambassadors from African countries are also expected to visit the show on its last day. These countries include South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan, Benin, Lesotho, Gambia, Rwanda and Angola.

Deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal is also expected to visit the exhibition on November 24 where talks with the African ambassadors are on the cards.

Avtar Singh said 20 invitations were sent to the Gujrawalan Chamber of industries and Commerce and that of Lahore Chamber of Industries and Commerce.

The exhibition that started on Friday was not able to attract many visitors on the first day while the organisers were expecting at least 40,000 visitors during the four-day show.
Expo has stalls that include auto parts, cycle parts, hand tools, agricultural implements among other engineering tools.

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