Sukhbir Badal to visit Pakistan, explore deeper trade ties

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  1. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

    Mar 24, 2009
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    While for normal people and countries, money can override ideological leanings, what the Punjabi DyCM is hoping for is nothing but a miracle wrt Pakistan. He is day dreaming. He thinks he will be able to export to CAR and Iran via road through Pakistan?

    Its better that the minister wakes up.


    GURGAON: Hailing the opening of trade ties through the Attari-Wagah border, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said he would visit Pakistan on Monday to explore strengthening trade between "eastern" and "western" Punjab (in Pakistan).

    Badal said that Punjab had been waiting to be allowed to export its agricultural produce, including wheat and paddy, directly to Pakistan and Central Asian countries, as also Iran, by road.

    He said that the opening of the Attari-Wagah border for trade was a "game-changer," with a potentially huge impact for all of north India.

    The deputy chief minister was addressing the 'Invest North' convention organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Gurgaon Saturday.

    He said that once import and export of nearly 6,000 items was allowed through the Attari-Wagah land route, 30km from Amritsar, the economic profile of north India could change.

    At present, India and Pakistan allow trade of only 137 items through the land route. Over 6,000 items can be traded between the two countries through sea, via Mumbai and Karachi.

    India has set up a Rs 150 crore state-of-the-art integrated check post (ICP) to handle greater passenger and cargo traffic on its side at Attari.

    Badal also urged the union government to expedite talks for laying oil pipelines from Iran and Kazakhstan to India, so that the energy bill could be substantially reduced.

    The deputy chief minister also suggested that the central government should not foist standardised programmes and policies across the country. He said the states should be allowed the leverage to mould schemes according to their own requirement.

    Offering his opinion on how best to minimise corruption, Badal said that making e-tendering mandatory could save project costs and break the nexus between engineers and contractors.

    He said that if e-tendering had been used by the central government in the allocation of spectrum or coal blocks, allegations of corruption could have been avoided.

    Sukhbir Singh Badal also said that the minimum support price of wheat needed to be raised. He said he was shocked that a decision had been taken not to raise MSP of wheat, and alleged that the government at the centre was biased against Punjab.

    Sukhbir Badal to visit Pakistan, explore deeper trade ties - The Times of India
  3. lcatejas

    lcatejas Regular Member

    Nov 19, 2010
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    Defiantly Pakistan id doing its best by using train route and panjab for all its executive activities like..drugs..fake currency. guns.. and more long list...

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