Trade with India: Zardari hints at opening Sulemanki border

President says he is also examining the possibility of connecting Multan with India.


Ema Anis April 20, 2012

OKARA: President Asif Ali Zardari, while addressing a gathering in Okara, hinted at opening Sulemanki border and said that Pakistan is willing to have dialogue with India on all issues, and is also open to trade with the neighbouring country.

The president said that he is also examining the possibility of connecting Multan with India.

“A politician’s last weapon is dialogue. If you’re not talking today, it doesn’t mean you won’t have to talk tomorrow,” he remarked.

After offering a prayer for the soldiers buried in Siachen, the president questioned the possibility of a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the “world’s highest battlefield”.

“How can there be a unilateral withdrawal? Have we been sitting for 10 years doing nothing? Yes, our soldiers are being sacrificed but we are a nation who makes sacrifices.”

Hitting back at PML-N

Boasting his dissemination of power to the parliament and provinces, Zardari criticised Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for “accumulating” 17 ministries to himself. “This is the difference between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and other parties… How can one person handle 17 ministries?”

He added, “I had power, I could break down the parliament, but I diluted it in every form and distributed it.”

“What these parties do not understand is reconciliation. If you cannot reconcile with other parties, how can you have good relations with other countries when you’re in power?” he further questioned.

COMMENTS (27)

A.Bajwa | 9 years ago | Reply

A very good idea. GATT allows liberal rules for border trade.. The towns across the border would benefit greatly from exchange of local produce particularly food products.Pakpattan would be a good point for trading. Lot of Sikh yatris could come over. They are devotees of Baba Farid

G. Din | 9 years ago | Reply

@Fatima: "if Yes then why doesnt the same laboratory approval policy with Chinese Textiles ??" Because Pakistan comes with its own baggage. Never compare. Comparisons are always odious. You can compare two entities only if they are nearly similar. Are Pakistan and China similar by any standard?

VIEW MORE COMMENTS
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read