"We in South Asia do believe that India does have a wherewithal and resolve to step to the plate and ensure that it achieves its economic goals because if India rises we are confident the entire region will rise with India," Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said at an industry chamber function here.

He also cited that it is important to create a level playing field and inter-dependencies among the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations stressing, "in my view these two constitute the warp and woof of modern economic diplomacy".

"This is specially true in the context of our region where politics often drums economics," Basit added.

"So, in order to get out of this, we need to be more realistic in our perspectives because without promoting regional integration, one does not know as to how one would become part of the global supply chain" he explained.

He said he hoped that New Delhi would achieve its economic growth targets in the years to come.

"Coming from SAARC region itself, we hope that SAARC also in the months and years ahead will achieve its targets," he added.

India is expected to clock a growth rate of 7.4 percent in 2014-15 and cross 8 percent in the next financial year beginning April 1.

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