Chandigarh, October 12
The Aam Aadmi Party-led state government seems to be laying emphasis on reopening the Attari-Wagah trade route with Pakistan. In the recent past, two ministers have taken up the issue with the Centre.
Trade between the two countries stopped in August 2019 after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
In July, Rural Development and Panchayat and Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal demanded the reopening of the Attari-Wagha trade route with Pakistan. He made the demand during a conference of agriculture ministers from various states with Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar. “Opening trade in agricultural and horticultural products with Pakistan, Iran and the Middle East will help the economy of the state,” he said.
Similarly, Investment Promotion Minister Anmol Gagan Maan, seeking a separate industrial package from the Centre, laid emphasis on opening trade routes with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.
She claims that it is the need of the hour to open new and old trade routes to further strengthen the country’s economy.
“Punjab is a predominantly agrarian economy with a large number of its population dependent on agriculture. “Opening trade routes with neighboring countries will benefit farmers and traders immensely,” she said.