Prime Minister for Promotion of Peace and Prosperity through Policy of Friendship with India

Islamabad, June 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that his party has been pursuing a policy of friendship and cooperation with India during its previous stints in power and the same policy of amity will 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 this afternoon.

The Prime Minister said that it has always been his utmost endeavour to bring the people of the two South Asian neighbours closer 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 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 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.

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

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