‘Indian trade fair to open new business vistas’

Pakistan, India are witnessing significant improvements in economic, trade ties.

November 17, 2012


The participation in the international trade fair in India will open new vistas of opportunities for Pakistan’s business community in India, said High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Salman Bashir.

Inaugurating the Pakistani pavilion at the 32nd Indian Internal Trade Fair (IITF) 2012 in New Delhi, Bashir  said that there was a gradual and significant improvement in economic and trade relations between Pakistan and India although latter’s view and stance on certain political issues were quite clear.

According to a message received from New Delhi, the high commissioner said that 176 Pakistani stalls had been established in the fair and appreciated the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) efforts for its cooperation in this respect.

He said that the fair had provided an opportunity to Pakistani entrepreneurs for exploring joint venture opportunities with their Indian counterparts. He said that Pakistan wanted to keep cordial and peaceful relations with all the countries, particularly its neighbours.

FPCCI Vice President Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra appreciated the Indian government for extending full support and cooperation to Pakistani delegates. FPCCI President Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani said that Pakistan’s cottage industry was small, but its home textile products were in great demand throughout the world, including India.

He expressed his gratitude and thanked the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation for issuing visas expeditiously to the Pakistani participants and delegates. He called for establishing bank branches in both the countries and simplifying/liberalising visa policy to facilitate exchange of business delegations and promotion of trade and industry.

The fair will continue till November 27.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2012. 


raj singh | 8 years ago | Reply

I attend the IITF regularly. The external appearance and demeanour of the woman showcasing her wares in the picture is the surest way to frighten away any potential buyers. Pakistani women, if they want to cling or are forced to cling to their dresscode,should not venture outside their country to attend international fairs that attract buyers from around the world. Even in Europe, I see Pakistani exhibitors showing off their religious purity, rather than the products they are supposed to display; hardly any buyer, including Muslim countries, visit their booths when they present themselves in this manner. Aren't Pakistanis still not aware of how the world views them: it looks down upon them with deep suspicion, resentment, hatred and fear because of the country's position as a cradle of terrorism and religious extremism. The "businesswomen" in the picture appears more like an apparition and should not attend an international fair in the interest of business. It is the surest way to kill business. This is, by the way, not criticism but a well-meant constructive advice with no intention to hurt anyone's feelings. But I am confident that businesspeople, especially those involved in international trade, will understand and appreciate my comments.

Jaydeep | 8 years ago | Reply


Why give unsolicited advice ? Please do not put hurtful & distasteful comments.

As it is people today are becoming shameless. And yes, no one is going to look at the host while visiting a trade fair. People go to see the products.

I welcome this step of the Indian govt. It is no doubt going to be a pleasant surprise for all the Indians who visit the trade fair.

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