State Affairs

J&K CM pitches for border tourism in Jammu

SRINAGAR

Buoyed by the growing camaraderie between India and Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday called for opening up of the International Border in Jammu for tourism and people-to-people contact between the two countries.

“It is my desire to develop this place as a tourist destination on the pattern of the Wagah border in Punjab,” said Sayeed speaking at Suchetgarh, near the IB in Jammu, reports The Hindu.

“It will be ultimate if we are able to achieve a breakthrough [with Pakistan] in opening up Suchetgarh as an industrial trading point with Sialkot, across the border,” he added.

Mr. Sayeed’s call has surprised many as it comes at a time when the State witnessed 677 cases of cross-border firing by Pakistan from May 2014 to October 2015, mainly in the Jammu region. Twenty-seven civilians were killed in this period.

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