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June 22, 1999
Indian goods sell like hot cakes in Pakistan
The events in Kargil have by no means dampened the popularity of Indian goods in interior Sindh.
''They are selling like hot cakes in interior Sindh because of their low prices and high quality, '' bemoans Urdu daily Jasarat, the mouthpiece of the Jamaat-i-Islami which is in the forefront of the current anti-India propaganda in Pakistan.
Besides the interior part of the province, Indian goods are also very popular in Badin, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Umarkot and Nawabshah districts. Jasarat was told by many buyers of Indian goods that there is no system of quality control for Pakistani goods nor there is control on their prices. As against this, Indian goods had quality and their prices were low.
But it is not only interior Sindh, all over Pakistan, especially in its major cities, Indian goods are very popular. In Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar all big shops display Indian goods with pride.
Gen Zia-ul-Haq, under pressure from fundamentalists, had stopped private trade with India in July 1978 but that resulted in a large scale smuggling of Indian goods into Pakistan by Pakistani traders. This causes Pakistan a massive revenue loss every year.
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