Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Punjab's Sukhbir bats for Indo-Pak border trade

Deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday said Pakistan and India must make an initiative to increase the volume of trade through the Attari-Wagah land route.
Sukhbir said he favoured the use of land routes on Hussaniwala and Fazilka border to boost trade between the two nations. 
Sukhbir was speaking in Lahore at the Pakistan- India Business Round Table organised by Pakistan Board of Investment and Trade.
Sukhbir is leading a delegation of traders from India in Pakistan. Sukhbir said better economic exchange could help strengthen the relationship between the two countries. 
He added that the trade through the integrated check post (ICP) at the Attari-Wagah international border boosts the traders in both countries. He also hoped that the negative list of items, which are not importable from India, would be scrapped or shrunk by December 31.
"It would open new opportunities for trade and development in Punjab in India and Pakistan. We have to prepare for a quantum leap in trade by strengthening infrastructure and logistics at the checkposts on both sides. 
There should be no delay or bottlenecks in import and export of goods," Sukhbir said. Vikas Kahol in Chandigah

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