Intra-Kashmir trade likely to resume soon

Intra-Kashmir trade likely to resume soon

From our side we are ready to allow 21 Pak-based drivers to go back, but PaK-administration has detained our 50 truckers

The intra-Kashmir trade is likely to resume in next few days with the officials from both the sides— Kashmir and PaK— Monday met to iron out differences. The officials met at Kaman Post.

The delegation from Kashmir was led by Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Talat Pervaiz.  Talking to Greater Kashmir, Pervaiz said the trade is likely to resume in next few days as “we have got positive response from the other side." 

“We informed the officials from the other side about the charges imposed on the arrested driver. We gave them documentary proof, forensic report of substance found in possession of the driver at the time of his arrest and showed them video recording and pictures taken at the time of recovery," he said. 

Pervaiz said the PaK officials sought time till Tuesday morning stating that they will take up the issue with their higher authorities and investigate the matter from their side.

"The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere," he said adding that PaK officials sought legal assistance for the arrested driver. 

"From our side we are ready to allow 21 Pak-based drivers to go back, but PaK-administration has detained our 50 truckers," Pervaiz said, adding that it is likely that tomorrow the 50 drivers from this side would be allowed to return.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service was Monday suspended by authorities in Pakistan-administered Kashmir over the arrest of the driver.

The Karvan-e-Aman (Peace Caravan) Bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad has been suspended indefinitely, official sources said.

The sources said the decision was taken after PaK authorities conveyed their decision to suspend travel and trade along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road till the issue regarding the arrest of their driver is resolved.