The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

In Am­rit­sar, there is a pop­u­lar restau­rant called Sarhad. Lo­cated less than two kilo­me­tres from the At­tari-Wa­gah bor­der, it is a hotspot for In­dian and Pak­istani diplo­mats trav­el­ling by road.

Af­ter a four-hour drive on the Is­lam­abadLa­hore ex­press­way to the bor­der, diplo­mats take a break at Sarhad for a meal or snacks, be­fore pro­ceed­ing to Am­rit­sar air­port to catch the flight to New Delhi. Pak­istan high com­mis­sioner to In­dia, So­hail Mah­mood and his col­leagues gen­er­ally stop here for food. Sim­i­larly, In­dian high com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan, Ajay Bis­aria and his col­leagues make a point to visit the restau­rant. Aman Jas­pal, the restau­rant owner, says that “food al­ways brings peo­ple to­gether”.

“Sarhad’s motto is ‘Peace Thru Food’,” com­ments Aman’s fa­ther, Da­man­bir Singh Jas­pal. ‘Sarhad’ of­fers a unique range of La­hori and Am­rit­sari cui­sine. The La­hori menu in­cludes ‘Chapli Ke­bab, Ni­hari Ghost, Bannu Ke­bab and Miyan Ji ki Dal.’ Ac­cord­ing to Aman’s wife, Sameena, whose par­ents own the Lit­tle In­dia chain of restau­rants in New Zealand, Bis­aria’s favourite is the big La­hori Thaal. There is a colour­ful painted mini­truck parked out­side Sarhad. It was painted by Pak­istan’s truck artist Haider Ali.

In Pak­istan, the truck­ers are fond of get­ting their ve­hi­cles painted in a stylish man­ner.

Hav­ing prac­tised truck art for three decades, Ali has been mak­ing an im­pres­sion across the globe as the CEO of his or­gan­i­sa­tion, Phool Patti, which aims at pro­mot­ing “truck art” around the world.

In­dian High Com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan Ajay Bis­aria with his wife at Sarhad restau­rant.

Pak­istan High Com­mis­sioner to In­dia, So­hail Mah­mood, at Sarhad restau­rant.

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