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Posted on Nov 06, 07:44PM | UNI
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today advocated strengthening trade and commerce ties between India and Pakistan as these could be catalytic in opening most difficult barriers between two brother countries.
In his address at the official luncheon meeting hosted by Chief Minister of Eastern Punjab Province Shahbaz Sharif at his Lahore residence, Mr Badal said India and Pakistan were like two brothers, who could not remain separate from each other and would have to complement each-other economically to strengthen trade and industrial relations between both nations.
According to a Punjab government statement here, Mr Badal said," we had our own strengths in certain areas of business and we were fully aware of preferences of our Pak brothers" and added that "time had come that we should focus on boosting trade between both countries and open all channels to strengthen such ties.
'The moment I entered akistan, it was the most unforgettable moment in my life. We have same systems, same cultures and the fact is nobody can separate two brothers whatsoever differences between them may be', Mr Badal said.
Advocating greater trade ties between SAARC countries, he said India and Pakistan must learn from European Union experiment and take steps to boost mutual industrial and trade ties keeping aside their differences .
He said," once we boost trade, it would usher in prosperity and become propelling factor in opening most difficult barriers standing between us since last 65 years."