Members of a high-level business delegation from Pakistan led by Pakistan's Federal Minister of Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim on Monday told Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan that there was a strong opinion in Pakistan that India should be given the status of a Most Favoured Nation (MFN).

The Commerce Minister expressed confidence that his visit comprising top-level business delegation would prove to be a “stepping stone for future relations between Pakistan and India”.

Members of the business community accompanying the Minister said it was time that India and Pakistan forgot their differences and dealt with political and business issues exclusive of one another, a release issued by Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, said.

The Chief Executive Officer of Pak Denim Mirza Ikhtiar Baig described the visit by Pakistan Commerce Minister to India as “path-breaking”. He said regional trade had proved to be successful business model for all the regional blocks across the world and that SAARC countries should also adopt the same model.

Welcoming the Pakistan delegation to Maharashtra, Mr. Sankaranarayanan expressed the hope that the visit would strengthen cooperation between the business communities of the two countries. Pakistan's Secretary of Commerce Zafar Mahmood, High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Shahid Malik, Senators and Heads of business organisations from Pakistan were present on the occasion.

Pakistan Commerce Minister would address ‘India-Pakistan Business Conclave' on Tuesday organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) here.

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