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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 Mr. Sayeed speaking at Suchetgarh, near the IB in Jammu.
“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.
Mr. Sayeed also suggested an amusement park near the IB “to attract more tourists.” Situated along the Indo-Pak International Border in R. S. Pura sector, Suchetgarh is 28 km from Jammu.
“The closest point [between India and Pakistan] can be a bridge between the industries on either side,” he added.
There are two meeting and trading posts between the Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, functional at Salamabad in Baramulla and Chakan da Bagh in Poonch.
From: The Hindu