Islamabad: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar Monday expressed hope that ties with India will improve after the general elections as he underlined the need to increase regional trade and improve relations with neighbouring countries.
The finance minister in his address to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Peshawar talked at length about his vision to build trade relations with all neighbouring countries.
He said experts mostly from the western world rightly believe that increase in the regional trade including between Pakistan and India is important. But added that it was not immediately possible due to Pakistan factor in Indian elections.
“As far as the east (India) is concerned, it seems that (there can be no progress) until elections are over in India. Half of their election campaigns are based on anti-Pakistan rhetoric, so right now they are busy with that. Once the elections are over, we hope that their behaviour will be better,” he said.