Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Saturday, said that his party had been pursuing a policy of friendship and cooperation with India.

“During previous stints in power and the same policy of amity would be followed to promote peace and prosperity in the region” he said while speaking at a meeting with Pak-India Joint Business Council here at PM’s House.

The Prime Minister said that it has always been his utmost endeavor to bring the peoples of the two South Asian neighbors closer to each other so that they can benefit from each other’s experiences.

Expressing his satisfaction over the visit of Indian businessmen under the auspices of Pak-India Joint Business Council, the Prime Minister said, “It is reassuring that both sides are sitting together and talking to each other.”

The Prime Minister told the meeting that he had directed Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Water & Power, to visit India and explore potential areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The Prime Minister told the Indian businessmen that his government is following investor-friendly policies. “We are facing acute power shortage in our country and any assistance in the power sector would help us in addressing the issue” he added.

Indian members of the Pak-India Joint Business Council informed the Prime Minister that being located in the same region and facing similar problems, India can be of great help in providing support in the fields of medical science, higher education and technical/vocational training.

The meeting also discussed Non Discriminatory Market Access and agreed that the industrialists of both the countries should be provided level-playing field.

Pervez Rashid Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage, Khawaja Muhammad Asif Minister for Water & Power, Tariq Fatemi Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and senior officials attended the meeting.