LAHORE: Indian High Commissioner T.C. Raghavan has extended an invitation to Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir to inaugurate the ‘India Show’ which is due to be held from February 14-16, 2014 at Expo Centre Lahore. Dastgir has accepted the invitation.
He said that such trade promotion activities should be organised on regular basis as it would help integrate the two economies, resulting in economic prosperity of people on both sides of the border. Both Dastgir and Raghavan also discussed issues which are hindering trade normalisation process between the two countries.
Sources said that Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma was due to co-inaugurate the ‘India Show’ but his arrival is now in doubt because of deadlock between the two countries on some issues. The Indian top diplomat in Pakistan conveyed New Delhi’s message to Commerce Minister Dastgir. However, Dastgir has categorically stated that “the message does not remove Pakistan’s concerns,” the sources added.
Pakistan is determined to extend market access to India only on reciprocal basis, the sources concluded.