Indian and Pakistani experts discuss Kartarpur corridor alignment

Pakistani and Indian experts met on Tuesday to discuss Kartarpur corridor’s construction work. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 19 March 2019

Indian and Pakistani experts discuss Kartarpur corridor alignment

  • The meeting was held in a positive and constructive environment, reads FO statement
  • Pakistan has completed a 4-kilometer long road on her side

LAHORE: Indian and Pakistan technical experts on Tuesday held a meeting at Kartarpur corridor’s Zero Point to finalize the development plan of the proposed passage and try to make it functional before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, in November this year.

According to an official handout circulated by Pakistan’s Foreign Office soon after the gathering, “the meeting was held in a positive and constructive environment.”

Kartarpur corridor is meant to provide India’s Sikh pilgrims visa-free access to one of the most sacred shrines of their faith, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, which was built at a place where Guru Nanak had settled after his missionary travels.

Experts from the two sides jointly visited the proposed area for the corridor and discussed technical aspects of the construction of roads and accommodation for Sikh pilgrims.

“Both sides jointly surveyed the coordinates of the Zero Point and discussed technical details, including Finished Road Level, High Flood level etc. The two sides agreed on some technical aspects/details and expressed the hope to finalize other modalities at the earliest,” Pakistan’s official statement added.

Apart from that, both teams of experts exchanged documents containing their respective technical proposals which will now come under discussion in the next high level meeting of their diplomats on April 2, 2019, at Wahga border in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan and India are sharing the construction burden of the corridor in their respective areas. While Pakistan has built 4km route on her side, the route between Guru Nanak’s shrine and Zero Point will be constructed by India.

Pakistan also plans to construct residential facilities for Sikhs coming from India and other parts of the world, and India intends to construct a passenger terminal at the Zero Line. Taken together, the estimated cost of the project is likely to reach $1.9 billion.

The passenger terminal will have the capacity to manage immigration and customs clearance of over 5000 Sikh pilgrims on a daily basis. The second phase of the project will involve the construction of temporary accommodation and a hospital for pilgrims, along with the construction of a bridge on River Ravi.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor in Pakistan was performed last year on November 28 by Prime Minister Imran Khan that was also attended by a delegation of Indian legislators, including cricketer-turned-politician Nuvjot Singh Sidhu.


Pakistan’s Rajco bags Hugo Boss deal to make t-shirts for German football team 

Updated 09 July 2020

Pakistan’s Rajco bags Hugo Boss deal to make t-shirts for German football team 

  • Chief Executive of leading Pakistani sports manufacturer says he is confident the company will deliver the order in August
  • Companies like Hugo Boss are looking to reduce reliance on China over coronavirus and higher production costs, manufacturers’ association says

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Rajco Industries has received an order from Hugo Boss to make t-shirts for the German national soccer team in what is the luxury fashion brand’s first order with a Pakistani sportswear manufacturer, Rajco’s chief executive officer said on Wednesday. 
Earlier this week, Pakistan’s adviser on commerce Abdul Razak Dawood announced the Hugo Boss deal in a Twitter post, but did not reveal the name of the Pakistani company that had booked the order. 

The logo of German fashion house Hugo Boss is seen on a clothing label at their outlet store in Mezingen near Stuttgart, Germany, on October 29, 2013. (REUTERS)

“We have received the order for supply of sport shirts for their [German] football team,” Ijaz Ahmed Bhatti, the chief executive of Sialkot-based Rajco Industries, told Arab News, saying he was confident Rajco could deliver the shipment by August. He did not share details of the production value or volume of the order. 
Bhatti, whose company already produces sports garments for Fila, Kariban, Kappa, UHL Sports and other international brands, said he was hopeful this was the beginning of a lasting relationship with Hugo Boss, one of the official sponsors of the German football team.

The deal with Hugo Boss is the result of efforts by the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), commerce minister Dawood has said. The association hosted the International Apparel Federation’s (IAF) 35th World Fashion Convention in Lahore last year, in collaboration with Dutch industry association Modint. Hugo Boss officials attended the event as chief guests. 
“During physical interaction with the Pakistani [sportswear manufacturing] players, they [Hugo Boss] came to know that the knowledge base of our industry is sound,” PRGMEA chief coordinator Ijaz Khokhar, who is also the regional president of IAF, told Arab News. 
Speaking about Pakistan’s attraction for the German fashion house, Khokhar said Hugo Boss, like other European groups, wanted to reduce its reliance on China, particularly because of the coronavirus pandemic, which had started in China’s Wuhan city. 
“They are moving out of China apparently for two reason. The first is COVID-19 and they want to ensure alternate sources of supplies,” Khokhar said. “The second is that China is becoming expensive and our [Pakistani] labor is relatively cheaper.”
Pakistan’s total exports declined by 6.83% in fiscal year 2019-20, according to commerce ministry figures.