Ferozepur, December 29
In view of the recent thaw in the Indo-Pakistan relations, border residents have demanded that the reopening of the Hussainiwala-Lahore border be included in the agenda of talks to be held between foreign secretaries in Islamabad in mid-January next year. For some time, residents have been demanding that the border be reopened for trade and transit. It was closed after the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
Before the war, the border route was a hub of trading activity. Dry fruits, vegetables, clothes were the main commodities being traded. Even the local cinema halls attracted a lot of visitors from across the border.
After the closure of the Hussainiwala-Lahore border, several hotels, restaurants and trading houses suffered heavy losses and eventually shut down. Satpal Bajaj, vice-president of Beopar Mandal, said the reopening of the border would revive the economy of the border region. “We should open the Hussainiwala border and set up a dry port under the PPP scheme here,” said Ranjan Sharma, a local resident.
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