A Pakistani delegation has confirmed its participation in the 11th edition of the Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX) in Amritsar along with participants of other SAARC countries.
“We have confirmation that 54 Pakistani traders will participate in the PITEX,” said Progress Harmony Development (PHD) chamber Regional Director Dr Parveen Rathee who is organising the event. Pakistani participation in the annual PITEX has been a regular feature of the event for the last 10 years. This year, it will be held from December 8 to 12 amid a spike in tension.
Immediately after the attack on the Uri brigade headquarters, Pakistani delegations either stayed away or their participation was cancelled at trade events in Delhi and Chandigarh.
“All SAARC countries will participate in PITEX. Pakistan will also participate with the other member countries,” said Rathee, stating that there has been nothing so far to suggest that Pakistani traders would not take part this year. “The response from Pakistan traders was the same as it was in previous years,” he added.
An Indian trader said as India-Pakistan trade across the Attari-Wagah border has continued without interruption since the Uri attack, there was no reason why a trade delegation should not visit India.
“Trade between India and Pakistan on Attari-Wagah border has not stopped for even one day after the Uri attack. So, there is nothing unusual if Pakistani traders come and participate at the PITEX. It is not the first time that there is tension between both countries. Show must go on,” said an Indian trader dealing in import-export with Pakistan.