New Trade Links
Afterthe successful establishment of the integrated checkpost at the Attari-Wagah border, politicians in the Indian Punjab focused their campaign on thawing Indo-Pak ties and the prospects of developing trade through rail and bus between the two countries. Sunil Jakhar, a Congress candidate from the Punjab constituency of Ferozpur, promised the farmer community “a broad-gauge freight service to Pakistan”. Speaking at a gathering, Jhakar said, "We will open the gates to Pakistan. We will restart the train service here."
Ironically, while some BJP leaders kept spitting venom against Pakistan in their election speeches in other parts of India, Sher Singh Ghubaya, the joint candidate of the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal in the Ferozpur constituency, took a different stance. "Modi has brought new hopes for businessmen in Gujarat. Like he took his state's port to a new level, we will ensure that he helps us forge links with the Karachi Port," he reportedly said in a rally.