Chandigarh, 28 Aug 2012: Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has sought permission from the central government to initiate trade with Iran and other Middle East countries through Attari border in Amritsar, four months after a Rs 150-crore modern Integrated Check Post (ICP) becomes one of the focal points of country’s new commerce with Pakistan. Sukhbir sought the permission through a letter written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. The PM is visiting Iran to take part in the 16th non-aligned movement summit.
"With the setting up of the ICP at Attari border, strong possibilities have emerged for greater trade ties between Punjab and the Middle East, West Asia and Africa through land route," said Jr Badal.
The minister, who is also the Shiromani Akal Dal party President, said that religious and cultural exchanges between Punjabis and Iran are essential consdering the strong heritage the two countries have from the times of the first Sikh Guru Sahib Guru Nanak Dev ji.
Sukhbir also requested the PM to take up issues involving concerns and sentiments of the Sikhs and other Punjabis settled in Iran with his counterparts there.