Regional trade serves as a buffer against instances of climatic disaster in addition to promising economic progress.
Following the recent flash floods, businessmen in Pakistan have pushed the government to allow trade with India across the Wagah border. One of the most effective trade routes for reducing food insecurity and the looming economic crisis is the corridor.
The president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Muhammad Idrees, and the chairman of the Businessmen Group (BMG), Zubair Motiwala. Pleaded with the government to “immediately allow the import of raw cotton and food items, including vegetables, fruits, grains, and other essential products, from India. Through the Wagah border as Pakistan faces severe shortages due to the devastating floods.”
In addition to the destruction and financial losses that could total billions of rupees. The BMG chairman noted that “a food crisis has also been triggered as agricultural crops, land, and livestock have been damaged and remain underwater.”
“In Sindh and Balochistan, raw cotton, dates, chilies, cauliflower, onions, and other fruits and vegetables have been destroyed. So that our nation’s food demands can be addressed, it has become necessary to open the Wagah border and let the import of agricultural crops from India. This provides us with goods from our neighboring countries in the shortest period feasible at affordable prices, he continued.