Trade resumes across LOC

MUZAFFARABAD – Pakistan and India on Tuesday resumed trade on Line of Control between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar despite heightened tensions.The four-time a week cross-LoC truck service between the capitals of divided Kashmir was suspended on July 12 after a curfew was imposed to quell huge protests erupted in aftermath of martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

One truck from AJK and 12 from Indian-held Kashmir loaded with goods crossed the Line of Control from Chakothi-Uri to each side.

Director General Cross-LoC Trade and Travel Authority Brigadier (r) Imtaiz Wayan told traders were not ready to trade during tense situation and trade service was not stalled officially. When asked if the situation in valley was better now for trade, he said traders of both sides have agreed to resume. However he was of the view that the purpose of cross LoC bus and truck service was the reunion of divided Kashmiris and these services should continue.

The cross-LoC truck service was launched between Muzaffarabad –Srinagar and Rawalakot-Poonch in 2008 as a confidence building measure to strengthen relations between India and Pakistan and facilitate the reunion of Kashmir’s divided families.

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