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'Trade can improve relations between India and Pakistan'

CHANDIGARH: The increase in bilateral trade is the important factor for having better relations between India and Pakistan, a delegation from Pakistan today said. 

"There is a lot of trade potential between two nations. If trade takes a front seat, automatically, other issues shall get pushed to back seat," said 
Imran Sohail, who is leading the 14-member Pakistan delegation of Jhang Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

He was speaking during an interactive session organised here by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

"Booming bilateral trade may well be the strongest pillar of Indo-Pak rapprochement so much so that it shall not only overtake the pace of general confidence-building measures but also have a substantial impact on each other's mutual perceptions," Sohail said. 

On trade potential, Sohail said there is lot of scope for trade in handicrafts, textiles, surgical items, 
sports goods, renewable energy sector and many more. 

"There should be maximum dissemination of information between the two countries that could lead to further increase in bilateral trade with major thrust areas being education, infrastructure, food processing and energy," he said. 

Ashok Khanna, Past President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, "With the thrust on enhancing trade between the two countries in the right direction, we should explore the possibilities of technology transfer between the two nations now." 

delegate, Muhammad Azad, lamenting the cross-border trade policy on both sides of the border said, "For traders and businessmen, trade is primary and we urge both the governments to open the trade between the two nations."