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Fazilka residents seek opening of Indo-Pak border

Fazilka residents seek opening of Indo-Pak border

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  • B.S Goraya
    Jul 29, 2005
    Fazilka residents seek opening of Indo-Pak border
    Our Correspondent

    Fazilka, August 28
    Thousands of residents of Fazilka and surrounding
    areas participated in a programme demanding the
    opening of the Indo-Pak border in Fazilka sector on
    Sulemanki and opening free trade and transportation
    between the two countries. The programme was organized
    by the Border Area Vikas Front and the Indo-Pak
    Sulemanki International Trade Front, Fazilka.

    Representatives of different forums, including Umesh
    Chander Kukkar, president, Bar Association, Fazilka,
    Dina Nath Sachdeva, president, Pakka Arthia
    Association, Ashok Gulbadhar, president, Beopar
    Mandal, Fazilka, Satish Kumar Dhingra, organising
    secretary, Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal, H.S. Bedi and
    Munish Bhateja, patron and president, of the Fazilka
    Press Club, respectively, Lila Dhar Sharma,
    secretary-general, Indo-Pak Sulemanki International
    Trade Front, Baljinder Singh, president, Border Area
    Vikas Front, Rajesh Kumar Angi, former president, of
    the Bar Association, attended the programme.

    They said by merely laying 10-km railway track from
    Fazilka to Amruka railway station in Pakistan, the
    rail track between Ludhiana and Karachi in
    pre-partition days can be revived. This would not
    entail any extra financial burden on the government
    instead it would enhance the revenue by way of
    transportation of containers in large numbers between
    Ludhiana and Karachi. Both the towns in India and
    Pakistan are the industrial houses of their respective
    countries.

    Besides, the trade activity would flourish and the
    poor labourers of the border belt would have more
    avenues to earn their livelihood. Majority of the
    speakers exhorted the public not to expect much from
    the politicians and bureaucrats as the unholy nexus
    between them was constantly indulging in fleecing the
    common man. Mr Baljinder Singh, president of the
    Border Area Vikas front, also demanded abrogation of
    visa system between Pakistan and Indian Punjab and
    called for implementation of permit system for
    travelling between the two neighbouring states.

    Umesh Chander Kukkar, president of the Bar
    Association, said by opening the international
    borders, there could be a global progress.

    Later, hundreds of activists of the two fronts took
    out a peace march in the town. On conclusion of the
    march, a deputation of both the fronts presented a
    memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to the SDM,
    Fazilka.



    Dry port at Amritsar sought
    Our Correspondent

    Phagwara, July 28
    Hailing the opening of trade between India and
    Pakistan via the Wagah land route for the first time
    after Independence, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former
    SGPC President and member, Political Affairs Committee
    of Shiromani Akali Dal, today demanded the setting up
    of an international dry port at Amritsar for further
    boosting trade between the two neighbouring countries
    and also developing the holy city of Amritsar.

    Talking to newsmen here, Professor Badungar claimed
    that the trade between two countries would further
    strengthen cordial ties and improve the economy of
    both Pakistan and India.

    Consignments of garlic had started going from India to
    Pakistan via the Wagah border this week. He said the
    demand of dry port was pending since 1978.

    Professor Badungar rued that the launch of the
    Amritsar-Lahore bus service was being delayed inordinately.

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