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Holi overwhelms Pakistani businessmen

March 06, 2004 16:51 IST

Over 100 visiting Pakistani businessmen on Saturday had a taste of the intimacy sparkled by the festival of colours as they played Holi in New Delhi, promising to take the growing relationship between the two countries beyond trade and economy.

"Playing Holi here is truly overwhelming. The experience is simply moving. We have been coming to India on trade visits and have explored the enormous opportunities to enhance bilateral trade," said leader of the visiting Pakistani delegation for the grand 'Made-in-Pakistan' show, Sheikh Maqbool Ahmed at a 'Holi Milan' organised by their local hosts FICCI.

Exulted by the vibrancy of the festival, Ahmed, whose face was smeared with colourful 'gulal' (crimson-coloured powder), said: "The event will prove to be a boost to the increasing friendship between the people of the two countries," Ahmed, vice president of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, was speaking to reporters in an emotion-choked voice at the 'Milan'.

The bonhomie was palpable as colours were splashed all around and there was Sufi music in the background and the businessmen from the two countries applied colour on each other.
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