Pakistani and Indian exporters, however, believe that joint ownership of Basmati is the only viable solution to the dispute. New Delhi and Islamabad have long been claiming to be the origins of Basmati rice, which is largely produced in both countries. The Punjab province, which was divided into East Punjab (India) and West Punjab (Pakistan) in 1947, is the origin of Basmati rice. Endorsing Ghouri’s views, Ashok Sethi, director of Punjab Rice Millers Export Association in India, said the two neighbours should jointly protect the Basmati heritage. “Both countries export Basmati rice.
Source: Pakistan Today June 14, 2021 01:52 UTC