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Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry asks Indian counterpart to stop opposing Pakistan in World Trade Organisation

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Islamabad: President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Senator Haji Ghulam Ali has asked The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to support Pakistan get World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade concessions.

In a letter to Harish C. Mariwala, President FICCI, Senator Ghulam Ali, who is also Vice President Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that India’s help will help foster trade ties between the two neighbours.

India has been opposing trade-concession package offered by the European Union to Pakistan, but is also blocking a move to be counted as a Least Developed Country (LDC) at the WTO, the letter said.

The President of FPCCI further said in the letter that Pakistan says it is an LDC because of the setback to its economy on account of natural calamities and the war on terror. As an LDC, it merits to be eligible for EU concessions which India disapproves that may spoil bilateral ties.

“India should not try to harm friendly ties which are being normalised through hard labour,” said Senator Ghulam Ali.

He asked Mariwala to use his good offices to stop India from opposing concessions to Pakistan.

India should no more be in the forefront of a group of nations opposing the move aimed at benefitting Pakistan’s economy.

‘Mohali spirit,’ should not be dogged by the traditional mindset as the visit of Prime Minister Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, his meeting with Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh and recent commerce-secretary level talks have help melt ice but the confidence building measures are once again being threatened, Senator Ghulam Ali said.

He asked FICCI to play role to shun misgivings and ensure an environment that benefit both the neighbours.

“India should be happy if Pakistan get a concession that can boost our ailing economy as a stable Pakistan is also in the New Delhi’s interest,” the letter concluded.

For more information, contact:
Syed Masood Alam Rizvi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House,
Main Clifton Road, Shahra-e-Firdousi,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: +9221 3587 3691
Fax: +9221 3587 4332


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