Cross-LoC trade via Poonch resumes after suspension

Cross-LoC trade via Poonch resumes after suspension

54 goods trucks exchanged on both sides

Cross-Line of Control trade between divided Kashmir via Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district resumed on Thursday, after a suspension of two days.

Earlier this week on Monday authorities had announced the suspension of the cross-LoC bus service and trade, which supposed to take place on Monday and Tuesday respectively. The decision was taken in view of the escalation of tension between Indian and Pakistani after a suicide attack on CRPF convoy in Awantipora. However, on the Salamabad crossing point  via Uri in Kashmir division the trade activity didn’t witness the suspension but the bus service scheduled on the Monday was only cancelled. 

In Poonch, trade resumed smoothly on Thursday morning with 34 trucks laden with goods including tomatoes, tamarid, pineapples and other items were sent to Pakistan.

Similarly, 19 trucks, loaded with herbs, dry fruits and some other items were received on this side of the LoC.

"A total of 54 trucks were exchanged between both the sides from crossing point on zero line at Chakan Da Bagh," said an official.

When contacted, custodian trade facilitation centre, Poonch, FareedKohli confirmed to Greater Kashmir that trade resumed on Thursday and trucks were exchanged.

The trade across the LoC was started in 2005 as a major confidence building measure between India and Pakistan.