He said there would be more competition and “some companies and industries would feel exposed if they were to open up trade with India”, however some vulnerable sectors of the Pakistan economy could be given protection by the government.
EU closely follow developments in India-Pakistan relations and it welcomed that there has been some progress in improving bilateral ties in the last couple of years. “It is unfortunate that the composite dialog is stalled” said EU envoy and hoped after coming elections in India “the common wisdom is that India will review its policies also towards Pakistan”.
“Our experience in the European Union has been to have a gradual process whereby, for instance, start opening up trade, start also opening up possibilities to travel more freely,” said the ambassador. “Visa liberalization, business to business contacts, people to people contacts in general will help build a greater understanding and also deal with some of the animosities, prejudices,” between Pakistan and India, he said. (PTI)