CIIE to provide platform to showcase Pakistani handmade carpets


China International Import Expo (CIIE), scheduled to be held in Shanghai later this year will provide more business opportunities to Pakistani traders and exporters to showcase their handmade products to the Chinese consumers.

“The expo is a good platform to bring more business opportunities and let more people know about handmade carpets from Pakistan,” two Pakistani businessmen brothers Mian Muhammad Zubair and Habib Ur Rehman who are preparing to participate in the 4th Expo said.

Recalling their first experience in China more than 10 years ago, Pakistani brothers Mian Muhammad Zubair and Habib Ur Rehman said they only knew one thing – future.

“China is the future. That was what our father told us. So here we are,” the two, now in their 30s, told state run Xinhua with a beaming smile.

Mian Muhammad Zubair, the elder brother, is 33 years old and graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University majoring in aerospace.

The younger, 31-year-old Habib Ur Rehman, is a graduate of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with a degree in economics and trade.

The two are the second generation of a family that has been engaged in the carpet business.

Their father, Shahid Sohail, used to run a store selling traditional handmade carpets in Pakistan and was seeking opportunities overseas.

Around 2000, a European diplomat suggested that Shahid Sohail come to China to explore business prospects. —APP

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