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City's sewing machine industry feels the heat

HT Correspondent   Ludhiana, May 08, 2013
First Published: 20:42 IST(8/5/2013) | Last Updated: 20:43 IST(8/5/2013)

With the death of Indian citizen Sarabjit Singh at Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat jail; The tensed relations between India and Pakistan have kept the plans of the sewing machine manufacturing industry's to tap Pakistan market on the back burner.

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Due to the significant low in relations between the two countries, the Sewing Machine Development Club, Ludhiana, has not been able to hold the exhibition of products in Lahore.

The club had planned the exhibition with a motive to explore the market in Pakistan but due to tension in relations there seems to be no possibility of holding the event in the near future.

President of the club Jagbir Singh Sokhi said that the soaring relations between the two countries were undoubtedly a loss to sewing machine manufacturers as they had not succeeded in visiting the neighbouring country for exploring the market over there.

Sokhi said, “Keeping in view the big market for sewing machines in Pakistan, the manufacturers here were hopeful of doing a good business in neighbouring country,” adding that the market still remains there but they are unable to put in their efforts to tap the same.

“At a time when the sewing machine manufacturing industry was facing tough times due to competition from China and Taiwan, exploring the Pakistani market was of utmost importance but the continuous phase of bad relations between two countries was proving detrimental to their interests,” said a manufacturer adding that they had almost given up the plan to hold exhibitions as there has been no thaw in India-Pakistan relations and manufacturers due to security reasons do not want to visit the country.

It is important to mention here that the industry had to cancel the plans of holding the exhibitions and interaction with the prospective buyers twice.

Earlier, the industry had planned to hold the exhibition in association with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in December last year.

But, the same was canalled after tension between two countries after the hanging of terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab. Even as the industry had planned to hold the event in February this year, the brutal murder of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan soldiers resulted in further cancellation of the event.

The industry had pinned its hope to organise an exhibition in April-May, but for now that plan stands on hold, indefinitely.

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