Indian Commerce Minister Sharma wants his mark on India, Pakistan border

New Delhi: Indian Commerce minister Anand Sharma is in a hurry to put his mark on India Pakistan border, keen to inaugurate the still under construction Integrated Check Post ICP coming up at Attari to boost trade between the two countries.

Since ICP has missed third deadline, Sharma who will visit Pakistan early next week had proposed for a “soft opening” under the flash lights to record its opening for posterity. Indian officials say ICP will take almost another six months to put up facilities and a year to open up for traders. It is designed to handle 800 trucks daily.

Besides ICP, Indian Ministries have not even finalized three agreements on Custom cooperation: to avoid arbitrary stoppage of goods at each other’s ports; setting up grievance redressing mechanism to address disagreements between traders; and a mutual recognition agreement MRA related to acceptance of certificates of internationally accredited laboratories. Sharma will attend concluding ceremony of India show in Lahore on February 14, 2012.

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