New Delhi: "Economic ties are bound to hit snags perennially in an unpredictable political environment", said by Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit .

While addressing the Federation of Indian Exporters Organization (FIEO) at New Delhi on Wednesday, High Commissioner Basit said that Pakistan had always wanted a normal

relationship with India as peace was not only in the interest of the two countries but also in the interest of the region as a whole.

He further that unilateralism and preconditions were a recipe for gridlock in inter-state relations. He expressed the hope that India would revisit its position as it defied logic to be locked in a perpetual conflictual relationship.

The High Commissioner said the root cause of all the bilateral problems was the longstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He emphasized that “aspirations of Kashmiris can neither be ignored nor suppressed; the sooner it is realized the better it would be”.

Basit said that it was necessary to have a level playing field with a view to make trade mutually beneficial. He said non-tariff barriers on the Indian side were adversely affecting Pakistan's exports to India.

Earlier, Mr. Ajay Sahai, Director General and CEO of FIEO welcoming the High Commissioner stressed that there were enormous economic opportunities between India and Pakistan and that the two countries must work together in the interest of their respective peoples. He also assured the High Commissioner that his organization would continue playing its role in this regard.