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Mood at Wagah turns sombre

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar/ Jaipur, January 17, 2013
First Published: 00:12 IST(17/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:12 IST(17/1/2013)

A day after India decided to put on hold the new visa agreement with Pakistan and prime minister Manmohan Singh talked tough, the mood at the Attari-Wagah joint check post changed from happy to sombre.

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From truck drivers to traders of either country, all looked worried and hoped for peace to return soon. Pakistani truck driver Jawed Hussain, who proudly displayed a photograph of Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai, appealed for peace. And he is not alone.

Delhi-based senor citizen, Shamima, who stepped out of the Delhi-Lahore bus and was to cross over to Pakistan, said, “After a long time the relations had started to become better but now the recent developments have made us fearful.”

Meanwhile, a Pakistani theatre group left Jaipur on Wednesday after their play - ‘Kaun hai yeh Gustakh’, was cancelled. Few political outfits had threatened to protest in the wake of border tensions between India and Pakistan.

The Jaipur police, however, claimed they were not part of the decision.


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