Muzaffarabad traders suspend LoC trade
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Dec 3: Irked by the “hostile” attitude of Pakistan custom authorities, Kashmiri traders associated with LoC trade Saturday protested in Muzaffarabad and decided to suspend the trade “till further orders.”
The agitating traders sought PaK (Pakistani administered Kashmir) government’s intervention for an immediate redress of their grievances.
The enraged traders blocked the main road and set on fire the goods imported from other side of the LoC as a mark of protest against the Central Bureau of Revenue and Custom Department officials’ “uncongenial attitude” towards the community.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Advocate Pervez Ahmed Shah, a representative of traders’ community, said the Custom Department had seized over a dozen vehicles laden with goods.
He alleged that the custom officials were forcing the traders to pay bribe to them. “In case we refuse to pay, we are being slapped with heavy tax duties despite the fact that it is entirely a tax-free trade initiated by the governments of India and Pakistan as a major CBM to facilitate Kashmiris living on either side of the line of control,” he said.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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