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Recent initiatives of both Punjabs to enhance trade: Sukhbir

Posted on Nov 12, 06:50AM | UNI

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today expressed confidence that with the recent initiatives of both Punjab governments' to enhance trade, commerce and industrial cooperation, the border state was all set to enter into new era of overall development and prosperity.

Interacting with mediapersons after presiding over 64th All India Sikh Educational Conference organised here by Chief Khalsa Dewan, Mr Badal described his recent Pakistan visit as historic as it had set the agenda for future trading between South Asian Countries that has the potential to take Indo-Pak trade volume to manifold.

"Our immediate neighbour country has also realised the fact that the only 'mantra' to grow was to make collective efforts with India to re-write the business priorities according to the changing scenario", he said and added that the seriousness of the issue could be gauzed from the fact that both Punjabs' had immediately decided to constitute a Joint Business Committee as well as to explore the possibility of developing Joint Industrial Zone to compliment each other with its advantages and expertise.

Lashing at Punjab Congress leaders for doing petty politics on such important by bilateral issue, he advised them to not to confine themselves with a few news items rather they should pressurise Congress led UPA government at the Centre to expedite the issue of granting full port status to Wagah and opening up of three more land routes namely Hussaniwala, Fazilka and Khemkaran to facilitate smooth trading between the neighbouring countries.