Friendly policy with India to continue for regional peace: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that they had been pursuing a policy of friendship and cooperation with India during its previous stints in power and the same policy of amity would be followed to promote peace and prosperity in the region.

The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with Pak-India Joint Business Council at the Prime Minister’s House. The Prime Minister said that it has always been his utmost endeavour to bring the peoples of the two South Asian neighbours closer to each other so that they could 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 and Power, to visit India and explore potential areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The Prime Minister told the Indian businessmen that his government was 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 could 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.

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