KARACHI - Pakistan High Commissioner in India Salman Bashir has said there is gradual and significant improvement in the economic and trade relations between Pakistan and India although Pakistan’s view and stance on certain political issues are quite clear.

This, he stated while inaugurating Pakistani Pavilion at 32nd Indian Internal Trade Fair (IITF) 2012 being held from 14th to 27 November, 2012 at Paragati Maidan, New Delhi.

He added that Pakistan’s participation in India International Trade Fair 2012 is a welcome step which reveals that Pakistan’s business community is all set to avail all trade and business opportunities with India.

Salman Bashir disclosed that more than 176 Pakistani stalls have been established in the Fair which is the highest. He appreciated FPCCI efforts for extending cooperation in this respect. He said that the IITF has provided an opportunity to Pakistani entrepreneurs to explore joint venture opportunities with their Indian counterparts.

He informed that Pakistani’s foreign policy is to keep cordial and peaceful relations with all the countries, particularly its neighbouring countries.

Talking to the occasion Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani, President of FPCCI said, Pakistani’s cottage are small industrial and home textile products are in big demand throughout the world including India.

He also expressed his gratitude and thanked to Indian Trade Promotion Department issuing visas expeditiously to the Pakistani participants and delegates.

He urged to establish bank branches in both the countries and simplify/liberalise visa issuance policy to facilitate exchange of business delegation and promotion of trade and industry.

Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra; Iqbal Dawood Pakwala;  Azhar Majeed Sheikh, Begum Salma Ahmed Vice Presidents FPCCI; Nasiruddin Sheikh, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Exhibition; Naeem Ahmed, Pakistan’s Trade Commissioner in India were also present  in the occasion.