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Sajjad Hussain

Greater Kashmir

Published Date: Dec 4, 2018

Pak will continue to work for boosting trade with India: Min

He asserted that the government will continue to take Kartarpur Corridor-like initiatives in order to promote the message of peace and prosperity.

Pakistan on Tuesday said it will continue to take Kartarpur Corridor-like initiatives as an "out of the box" solution to increase trade and economic cooperation with India amid tension between the two neighbours.

Speaking at the 11th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here, Pakistan’s Finance Minister.

Asad Umar said that intra-regional trade was of vital importance to bring the people out of poverty and attain the goals of progress and prosperity.

He asserted that the government will continue to take Kartarpur Corridor-like initiatives in order to promote the message of peace  and prosperity.

He said India’s reaction about the Pakistan’s goodwill gesture to open Kartarpur Corridor was unfortunate.
"We really need to think out of the box solutions for regional cooperation amid tensions and confrontations between the two states," Umar said.

"It is our inability that we failed to get people of the region out of poverty. It is a real opportunity for those political leaders, who believe in a peaceful and prosperous South Asia," he said.

The minister also said that Pakistan was still pinning hopes to strengthen the SAARC cooperation in the future. Highlighting the government’s role in promoting cross regional energy transfer and inter-regional trade, Umar said channelisation of non-political forums to build political space for policy making is required for an effective cooperation among South Asian states.