Islamabad- Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir says Pakistan and India are likely to reach an agreement to remove taxation and other hurdles in bilateral trade this year.

In an interview, he said talks between the two countries on the issue have made headway. The minister said he will meet his Indian counterpart on the sideline of the meeting of South Asian Free Trade Area, which will be held in Bhutan this month.

He said in the meeting he will stress for liberalization of visa regime for Pakistani businessmen and establishment of banking system between India and Pakistan.