KARACHI - Chairman of Businessmen Group (BMG) and former President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Siraj Kassam Teli has said that business communities of Pakistan and India must pressurise their respective governments, armies and bureaucracies to resolve all issues including the Kashmir and other issues with a view to pave way for improved trade relations between the two countries.

“The business communities of both countries can do it if they are ready to force their governments to follow instead of being led by them”, he added.

Speaking as chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of ‘India Expo’ organised at Karachi Expo Center on Friday, Siraj Kassam Teli stressed the need for speeding up the process of normalising relations between Pakistan and India. “Whenever the Indo-Pak relations and talks are heading in the right direction and the business communities start hoping that the relations will now improve, something bad happens or some negative comments by the politicians and army officials of both sides terribly affect the overall Indo-Pak talk process.

Earlier, while welcoming the guest, leader of the Indian delegation and Managing Committee member of Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Abdul Azeez Hajee said, “We are here to share the actual sentiments of the business communities of India and Pakistan, develop cordial relations, understand the trade opportunities which lie in both the countries and take forward our bilateral trade relations to newer heights.”

President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki said that India Expo by FIEO offers a unique opportunity for businesses in the region to showcase products and services that stand the test of domestic and global acceptance and competitiveness.

It is such Expos that can spur greater trade and investments that are so crucial in nurturing economic growth of the two countries.

Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of India, Gopal Baglay, Vice Chairman BMG, Zubair Motiwala, oint Deputy Director General FIEO, Chandranath Som and Chairman Special Committee for Liaison with International Chambers, Junaid Esmail Makda also spoke on the occasion.