Farmers’ protest at Attari border, this demand was put before the government…


Atari Border: The Kirti Kisan Union today held a massive rally at the International Attari Border and strongly demanded opening the Attari and Hussainiwala road routes for India-Pakistan trade. On this occasion, intellectuals and writers associated with Amritsar Fruit and Vegetable Merchants Association, Truck Union Attari, Folklore Research Academy and the working class of the area also participated.

In the rally, it was demanded that the farmers should be allowed to do business directly on the passport by abolishing the visa conditions for the farmers along with their produce. Calling the central government’s condition of 1200 dollars per ton on the export of basmati as anti-farmer, it was also demanded to withdraw it immediately.

Farmer leaders said that the central government should move towards building friendly relations between India and Pakistan instead of fueling the fire of enmity. He said that India-Pakistan trade is an important link in building this relationship. In 2019, the Indian government removed Pakistan from the list of trade friendly countries and imposed 200% regulatory duty on non-essential goods. Due to which the trade with Pakistan through the road corridors of Punjab was not only destroyed but also the interests of Punjab suffered a heavy blow.

He said that there is about USD 1.35 billion worth of trade between the two countries but this trade is mostly through sea route from Adani’s Mundra Port (Gujarat). Accusing the BJP government at the center and corporate interests like Adani of treating Punjab like a stepmother, the farmers’ leaders demanded the opening of this trade through Attari-Wahga and Hussainiwala road corridors of Punjab.


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