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Hussainiwala is a small settlement in Ferozepur District and is situated near district's border with Pakistan. It is located on the banks of Sutluj and is 7 km from the district headquarters town of Ferozepur and only 3 km from the international border.

Hussainiwala derives its name after Ghulam Hussain, the mazaar of whom now falls on the other side of the border. Among the Punjabi folk, the village is still referred by its original name, Ghulam Hussainiwala.

Hussainiwala, being at the border, had to bear the brunt of the two major wars fought between India and Pakistan in 1965 and 1971. Here the Sutluj forms the international border between the two countries and the Pakistani soil starts right at the end of the bridge across Sutluj.

Since being the border, the bridge has been provided with gates protecting its entrance, which can be moved with rollers underneath them. A single gate on Indian side weighs four tonnes and they have been so designed such that in a war like situation, the rollers can be taken out thereby doubling it as a massive obstacle in the enemy’s path along the bridge.

Hussainiwala Memorial, built in memory of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, is a major attraction of the village. It features an open-air theater and an underground museum.

Nearest international airport is at Amritsar. Hussainiwala Railway Station, once a gateway to Lahore, has been shut down since partition. Now, Ferozepur Cantonment Railway Station and Ferozepur City Railway Station serve the village.

Updated on 23rd March, 2015
District: Ferozepur


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