Trade with Pakistan: Shashi Tharoor makes case for revival of cross-border trade in Amritsar | Chandigarh News


AMRITSAR: Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has said that India will resume border trade with Pakistan and review the 200 percent customs duty if it forms a government. “As soon as a Congress Party government is formed at the Centre, trade corridors will be opened, customs policy will be reviewed and support measures will be provided to small scale industries,” Tharoor said while interacting with local businessmen after campaigning in support of Lok Sabha candidate Gurjeet Singh Aujla. Trade with Pakistan came to a halt following the 2019 Pulwama terror attack, when a 200 percent customs duty was imposed on imports from the neighbouring country. Traders have been advocating for restoration of normal trade relations with Pakistan, especially as India has not severed diplomatic ties with Pakistan. Asserting that people want change, Tharoor said the only change over the years has been ‘Moditva’ and not Hindutva. Regarding the real estate sector, Tharoor harshly criticised the policies made in the past decade, saying that despite real estate being relevant to small and medium enterprises across cities and towns, the policies have only affected a few big businesses.

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