Open trade between India, Pak through land route need of the hour: Sukhbir

SukhbirSukhbir said that talks can reduce the aggression and friction between nations. (PTI)

Batting for strong India-Pak trade ties, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal said on Friday that the ongoing 7thedition of Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX-2013) would give a further push to the efforts being made in this regard from both sides.

Inaugurating the PITEX, Badal said that open trade between India and Pakistan through land route was the need of the hour and Punjab government was keen to open the international borders for trade and tourism. He said that the Punjab Government had allotted 10 acres land near Rajasansi International Airport exclusively for holding PITEX and other international trade expos.

Sukhbir said that talks can reduce the aggression and friction between nations. He said the ensuing visit of Pakistan Punjab's Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif was also crucial for both sides.

Reiterating his resolve to come out with a food street on the pattern of Lahore, Sukhbir said that the process for this had been initiated and the people of Amritsar would get the same within a year.

Meanwhile, Sukhbir accompanied by Anil Joshi, Industries Minister, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Ravi Bhagat, Deputy Commissioner, visited different stalls from Pakistan. He bought a 'Punjabi jutti' made in Pakistan. He also interacted with representatives of seven industrial chambers of Pakistan and discussed issues pertaining to trade and commerce.

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