Cross-LoC trade resumes

SALIL RAINA

Poonch, Jan 29: Trade across the Line of Control (LoC) resumed Tuesday after being suspended due to skirmishes and high tension along the Indo-Pak border.
As per the official figures goods worth over Rs 18 lakh were traded across LoC between Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) and Jammu and Kashmir at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point on Tuesday.
A total of six trucks from PaK side entered into his side carrying dry dates, onions and clothes, but there was no truck from this side to cross the other side today. Officials from Indian side monitored transportation of the goods during the day.
Custodian cross-LoC Trade Krishan Lal said; “Indian traders are upbeat and trucks are coming at Chakan-Da-Bagh. For tomorrow, 5 trucks carrying goods will leave this side for the other side of LoC”.
He said that today Indian trucks could not go to the Pakistani side due to late security clearance.
“The trucks can cross LoC between 10 am and noon, but trucks from India got delayed during security clearance. They are lined up at trade and facilitation centre at Chakan-da-Bagh and will go to the Pakistani side tomorrow,” he said.
Pawan Anand, president of cross-LoC Traders Association in Poonch, said: “Onions and dry dates have come from Pakistan today while six Indian trucks, carrying tomatoes and bananas, could not cross the LoC due to delay in security check.”
These Indian trucks, along with some more carrying embroidery items, will go to Pakistan Wednesday, he said.
“It is great to see the cross-LoC trade resume ot Chakan-da-Bagh-Rawalakote route as this is not simply trade but it carries sentiments of people of this area,” he said.
Trade takes place from Tuesday to Friday every week. Goods worth Rs 2 crore are traded every day with about 25 trucks crossing LoC.
The trade was halted Jan 10 when Indian officials said Pakistan did not open gates for the trucks at Chakan-da-Bagh.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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