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India desires good relations with Pakistan; Indian Envoy

An Indian official said that India never cut off trade with Pakistan and that it wants to move towards normalising business ties because "money speaks its own language." He also emphasised that modern diplomacy is focused on trade, technology, and tourism.

Lahore, 17 March 2023 (GNP): Suresh Kumar, the deputy high commissioner of India to Pakistan, stated during a speech at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday, “India always desires better relations with Pakistan since we cannot change our geography.

To normalise our relations with Pakistan, we want to make progress. As it was Pakistan who initiated the trade halt, we did not do so either, he insisted. “It would be better if we could figure out ways to alter the issues and circumstances we are in.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indian embassy offered fewer visas to Pakistanis. However, he argued that the number has now increased, as 30,000 visas have been awarded in an entire year, which he stated is “a huge figure.”

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According to Mr. Kumar, Pakistanis were also granted medical and athletic visas by the Indian authorities.

He stated that the days when producing political reports was the primary goal of diplomacy are long over. As “money speaks its own language,” today’s diplomacy revolved around trade, tourism, and technology.

In order to improve commercial relations between India and Pakistan, a number of political, economic, and social issues must be addressed, according to LCCI President Kashif Anwar.

Nonetheless, we believe that normalising trade relations between India and Pakistan is the most important step that might be made to enhance economic ties between the two countries. According to him, this would assist both nations’ economies significantly.