Khewra Salt Agreement With India
Pakistan`s saline industry has not seen dramatic reforms since the 1870s, when the subcontinent`s British colonizers began large-scale mining. Salt is rarely seen as a national buffer issue. But in Pakistan, pink Himalayan salt has been the subject of parliamentary debates, editorials and trending hashtags. And Pakistanis want you to know one thing: high-end salt is Pakistani. But now, due to a convergence of political tensions with India and outrage on social media, supporters of the salt industry say they are ready to pass laws that characterize pink Himalayan salt as Pakistani. One day recently, Niaz Hussain Siddiqui, a rare Pakistani exporter of finished salted goods, showed me some of the items he exported to the United States: spa bricks, sushi plates and tequila glasses. Siddiqui, a believing Muslim who renounces alcohol, shook his head with disapproval. He said he preferred to think of the product as a toothpick holder. The Khewra salt mine is an important tourist attraction, with about 250,000 visitors per year , which brings it considerable income.  Visitors are transported to the Khewra Salt Mines Railway mine.  Inside are many saltwater basins. The Badshahi Masjid was built about fifty years ago in mining galleries with colored salt tiles.  Other artistic sculptures in the mine include a replica of Minar-e-Pakistan, a statue of Allama Iqbal, a collection of crystals that make up Mohammed`s name in Urdu script, a model of the Wall of China, and another of Murree`s Mall Road.
  In 2003, two phases of development of tourist facilities and attractions were carried out at a total cost of 9 million rupees. In 2007, a 20-bed clinical service was set up, costing Rs 10 million for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases by salinization.  The Visit Pakistan Year 2007 event included a visit to the Khewra Salt Mine.  In February 2011, Pakistan Railways began operating special trains for tourists from Lahore and Rawalpindi to Khewra. To this end, Khewra Station was renovated with the help of a private company.  Crystal Valley, a tunnel with crystals in the wall and roof, illuminated by colorful lights. Famous for its production of pink khewra salt, often marketed as Himalayan salt, the mine is an important tourist attraction that has attracted up to 250,000 visitors a year.  Its history dates back to its discovery by Alexander`s troops in 320 BC. J.-C., but it began in the Mughal era with trade.
 The main tunnel on the ground floor was developed in 1872 by Dr. H. Warth, a mining engineer, under British rule. After independence, the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation took over the mine, which remains the country`s largest source of salt and produces more than 350,000 tons per year  of about 99% pure halit.  Estimates of salt reserves in the mine range from 82 million tonnes to 600 million tonnes.  During the currency of this Agreement, the two governments may, by mutual agreement, modify, renew or supplement the timetables of this Agreement. Islamabad: Pakistani officials have denied that the country exports salt to India at low rates, according to social media. The chief executive of the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation, Sajid Mehmood Qazi, told the Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum, chaired by Senator Mohsin Aziz, on Monday that there was no agreement with India forcing Pakistan to sell it salt at lower prices, and that the stories on social media about it are not true.
reported the English daily The Nation. . . .