Punjab News/Badal for opening Hussainiwala Border

Author(s): City Air NewsPunjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addressing the interactive session on Punjab-Punjab cooperation between India and Pakistan Ludhiana on Saturday. Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shabaaz Sharif and...

Punjab News/Badal for opening Hussainiwala Border

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addressing the interactive session on Punjab-Punjab cooperation between India and Pakistan Ludhiana on Saturday. Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shabaaz Sharif and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal also sitting on the dais.

Ludhiana, December 14, 2013: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged the National Governments of India and Pakistan to open trade through Hussainiwala border of the state to herald a new era of economic development in the region besides promoting people to people contact in the sub continent.
Addressing a galaxy of industrialists and delegates from India and Pakistan during an interactive session on ‘Punjab-Punjab Cooperation’ organised by Confederation of India Industry (CII) here, the Chief Minister accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, said that the opening of this border was the need of the hour as it would promote trade activities between both the countries which would be pivotal in the development of both the eastern and western Punjab. Mr Badal said that he had already taken up this issue with the Government of India adding that he was hopeful of positive outcome on the issue He said that the time has come when both these countries should, as a part of their confidence building measures, remove these physical barriers thereby allowing the free flow of trade and commercial activity between both the countries. Badal was quite hopeful if his West Punjab counterpart Mian Shahbaz Sharif takes up this issue vigorously with his elder brother and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif then this distant dream of both the Punjabs could soon turn into reality.  
The Chief Minister said that with the inflow of trade and commerce a new era of prosperity and development would be ushered in the Indian Sub Continent in general and in both the eastern and western Punjab in particular. He said that ever since independence the people of border areas of both the countries have lagged behind during the pace of development as they have not got their due share in economic development. However Badal said that if this border was opened today the borders districts of both the countries would emerge as business hubs thereby opening new vistas of economic activity besides generating tremendous employment potential in the region.
The Chief Minister said that with the opening of ICP at Wagah border the trade activity has already been set up in motion between the both countries but it would get the much needed fillip only if the Hussainiwala border was also opened. Badal said that apart from promoting economic activity the opening of this borders would also help in further strengthening the socio-cultural ties amongst the people of both the countries. He said that the opening of trade activity from this border would result in spurt of economic activity, trade on the both sides of the border.
Batting for relaxation of Visa norms, the Chief Minister said that this should have been done by both the countries in the larger public interest and if it actually happens then you would see the people to drive in Lahore for breakfast and dinner in the evening at Amritsar. He impressed upon Mr. Sharif to further take up the matter with Pakistan PM Mian Nawaz Shaif to grant Most Favored Nation (MFN) status to India in order to enhance the list of commodities tradable with Pakistan through ICP. Mr. Badal also pleaded for opening of direct trade with Afganisthan and Central Asia via ICP because now it was being done through sea route of Mumbai, which was not financial viable.
The Chief Minister appreciated the initiative taken by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for vehemently pursuing the goal to foster goodwill, amity, peace and friendship between people of both the states by intensifying people to people contact. He also lauded efforts of the Co-Chairman of India Agriculture Task Force under India Pakistan joint business forum Rakesh Bharti Mittal for exploring more avenues of trade in Pakistan. Badal also welcomed the offer given by Mian Shabaz Sharif for signing of Memorandum of Commitment (MoC) with Government of Punjab in the field of mutual interest to promote bilateral trade in the region.       
Going down the memory lane, the Chief Minister recalled his youthful days spent in FC College Lahore and shared his vivid memories with the gathering. Badal also said that even today he aspires to visit Pakistan for reviving his vibrant memories of college days adding that even today he was very fond of the delicious Pakistani food.
In his address, Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that there were certain soft areas where both the states could easily initiate bilateral trade without the intervention of Federal governments of India and Pakistan. He said exchange of ideas, technology through business delegations and progressive farmers does not warrant any approval from Federal governments. Sharif said his national government was votary of peace and tranquility and was committed to usher an era of goodwill, brotherhood and prosperity through people to people contacts. He said there must be a frequent exchange of cultural and sports delegations so that an atmosphere of mutual trust, love and peace was created thereby dispelling the apprehensions of mistrust and uncertainty.
Sharif categorically said that war was of no use as it generated animosity, hatred, poverty and mass unemployment whereas peace was instrumental in heralding an era of overall development and prosperity and therefore his government would strive hard to build strong relations with their permanent neighbour especially east Punjab because both the east and west Punjab could prove to be engine of growth and development in the Sub Continent. He made his firm resolve that without wasting any more time he would sincerely work out tangible solutions and synergize efforts between both the Punjabs’ thereby compensating for the losses in the past for rejuvenating faith and confidence amongst the people of both the countries to further strengthen the Indo-Pak ties. Mr. Sharif evinced keen interest in envisaging technical support for setting up agro machinery units in Pakistan especially for manufacturing harvester combines and rotavators etc.
On the occasion Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal thanked Mian Nawaz Sharif and his delegation for visiting the state and expressing keenness to further propel bilateral trade between east and west Punjab.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Cabinet Ministers Bikram Singh Majithia and Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon, Advisor to Chief Minister on Media and National Affairs Harcharan Bains, Advisor to Chief Minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Media Advisor to Deputy Chief Minister Jangveer Singh, Financial Commissioner Revenue NS Kang, Financial Commissioner Development Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister SK Sandhu, Financial Commissioner Animal Husbandry G Vajralingam, Commissioner Right to Service Commission Iqbal Singh, Vice Chancellor PAU and GADVASU Dr. BS Dhillon and Dr. VK Taneja, respectively.
Earlier, the visiting delegation led by Mian Shahbaz Sharif visited the local Fard Kendra, Police Saanjh Kendra and went around the exhibition by the PAU where the state government gifted a harvest combine and PAU presented a Maize dehusker cum sheller as a token of love and affection on behalf of people of Punjab to him.// ludhiana news online, ludhiana news in English, ludhiana news, ludhiana current news, ludhiana news live, Ludhiana breaking news, Ludhiana headlines, Ludhiana latest news, punjab news, india news, punjab news live, punjab news online, punjab news, punjab news headlines, punjab breaking news, india news, punjab news,

Saturday, December 14, 2013