Proposed visit of JK biz delegation to PaK may hit roadblock

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, July 21: The proposed visit of Jammu and Kashmir business delegation to PaK may hit a roadblock as it may boycott the visit in case state government does not issue clearance to all the delegates.
 As a part of the Confidence Building Measure (CBM) the traders from both sides of Kashmir had formed a Joint Chamber to promote the trade between two parts. In 2008 a PaK traders’ delegation visited Kashmir.
 Reciprocating the same, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AJKCCI) has invited a business delegation of 43 members from Jammu and Kashmir which is scheduled to go there on August 26.
 However the state government has issued clearance to 35 delegates only. The pending clearance of eight delegates, according to sources, has become a bone of contention with traders here mulling to boycott the proposed visit till all the members get nod to visit PaK.
 The invitees, according to sources, who are yet to receive clearance from CID and other allied departments are Muhammad Yaseen Khan, President Kashmir Traders Manufacturers Federation, Mubeen Shah, President JKJCCI, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Sayeed Masoodi, Asif Akbar Lone, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, and others.  
 “The Cross LoC trade was started as confidence building measures and it is astonishing that the state government has not given clearance to our delegates which includes the president of Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mubeen Shah and prominent business leader Muhammad Yaseen Khan who is also the Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance,” a member of the delegation invited by AJKCC said on condition of anonymity.
 He said: “If the state government does not give clearance to all the members invited by the AJKCCI we may cancel our proposed visit as there is no fun in our visit without the president and prominent leaders of the business community here.”
 President JKJCCI, Mubeen Shah said: “We have received an invitation from PaK counterparts but some of the delegates have not been given clearance by the state government till now.”
 “I have written to CID and passport office a letter regarding the issue,” he said, adding that they would call up a meeting to discuss the future strategy on this visit.
 President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) told Greater Kashmir: “All the members who have invited should be given clearance to go to PaK. This visit will be very fruitful for the cross LoC trade which has a huge potential.”
 Pertinently, JKJCCI was formed to improve the cross LoC cooperation and volume of the LoC trade.  Mubeen Shah was elected president of the body for a period of one year under subsection (G) of section 4 of Istanbul Agreement replacing Zulfikar Abbasi of PaK.
 The high-level delegation from Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled to visit Muzaffarabad and likely to travel to Mirpur as well. 

Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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