Trade Halted In Poonch
Uri bus service on
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Jan 10: With India and Pakistan trading fire at Line of Control, the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus service is plying normally but authorities said further course of action will depend on the situation. However LoC trade was suspended on Thursday in Chakan-da-Bagh Poonch.
The bus services and trading points were started to facilitate free trade and travel among divided families of both sides of divided Jammu and Kashmir and are considered to be major confidence building exercise between India and Pakistan.
The weekly bus service between Pakistan administered Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad and Srinagar named as ‘Karvan-e-Aman’ (peace caravan) runs every Monday.
“Till now the bus is plying normally once in a week,” Regional Passport Officer Firdous Iqbal told Greater Kashmir. “We are preparing the list of people who intend to visit Pakistan in coming week,” he added.
However, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hussain Samoon told Greater Kashmir that smooth functioning of the bus depends on the situation. “Till now the bus is plying normally. There is peace in Uri,” Dr Samoon said adding that both the countries are in touch. “Situation is being monitored in New Delhi,” he said and added that it was premature is comment on the issue.
Officials said since the start of bus service from Srinagar in 2005, it has never been suspended due to exchange of fire on LoC. However, it was suspended for two weeks in Poonch District of Jammu region in July last year after India and Pakistan exchanged heavy fire on LoC in the area.
There is also no impact of LoC firing on trade. “The trade between the two Kashmirs is also going on,” officials said.
SALIL RAINA ADDS FROM POONCH:
The heightened tension between India-Pak troops has led to the suspension of trade between the divided Jammu and Kashmir. Official sources said the trade remained suspended on Thursday from Chakan-da-Bagh and no goods were exchanged between the two sides. “The trade point remained closed throughout the day today and we have learnt that the other side also refused to open the gates at Trade Felicitation Center (TFC)”, official sources said.
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