Vibrant Gujarat so near, yet so far for Pak traders

No visa for Gandhinagar, so 11-member delegation stays in Ahmedabad.

Confusion over visa and "security issues" in the wake of reported firing across the Line of Control prevented a business delegation from Pakistan to participate in the buyer-seller meet on the inaugural day of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2013 in Gandhinagar Friday.

The 11-member business delegation had come to the state for the three-day business summit being held at Mahatma Mandir in the state capital. Officials said the delegation members had visa only for Ahmedabad. "They had visa only for Ahmedabad, not Gandhinagar, so they could not attend the Vibrant summit. It becomes a security issue. Some of them had visas for Vapi and Surat, so they went there. They had attended some industry symposiums in Ahmedabad on Thursday," Principal Secretary (Home) S K Nanda told The Indian Express.

Pakistan was among the 100-odd countries invited by the state government for the biennial business meet. The neighbouring country was not supposed to participate as nation and the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry had confirmed its visit as an association. They had reportedly expressed interest in sectors like textiles, gems & jewellery, and chemicals.

Earlier today, as the summit was inaugurated, the BJP organised protests in various cities of Gujarat as part of their nationwide protest against the killing of two Indian Army jawans by Pakistani soldiers earlier this week.

Gujarat BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja said in a press release, "The BJP organised dharnas in various cities in Gujarat, including Surat, Gandhinagar and Karnavati (Ahmedabad) to protest the act of Pakistan that killed two Indian soldiers." On Saturday, the BJP will organise rallies and dharnas at all the district headquarters in the state.

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