Malwa leaders demand opening of Hussainiwala
The Congress leaders hailing from the Malwa region have asked the UPA Government to work towards re-opening the Hussainiwala-Kasur border for trade with Pakistan and other central Asian countries. The step, said he, would boost the area economy.
Senior Congress leader and Guruharsahai MLA Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi said Ferozepur district once was a trade hub. However, the Partition and subsequent closure of the border post-1971 India-Pakistan war sounded death knell for commercial activities in the region. “Not only this, the district was divided time and again, which further proved catastrophic for the local traders. They have been clamouring for opening the border for the last 40 years,” he said. He also lauded the UPA Government’s efforts for boosting the bilateral trade with Pakistan and commissioning of the Integrated Check Post. — OC
Deploy central forces for panchayat poll: SAD (A)
On the occasion of Baisakhi festival, SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann said his party would demand the deployment of central forces during the ensuing panchayat elections in Punjab as the state government and the Punjab Police were "incapable" of organising free and fair elections. He said they would also not allow "distribution of money and liquor" in the panchayat elections. The SAD (A) also passed 11 resolutions, including the demand for a CBI inquiry into the murder of Shaheed Jaspal Singh, opening of Hussainiwala and Suleman (Ferozepur) borders and the release of the Sikh leaders detained "illegally".