PaK detains 50 Kashmiri truckers for release of 1

PaK detains 50 Kashmiri truckers for release of 1

The police on Friday had claimed arrest of a PaK driver on the charges of carrying around 10 kg of narcotic substance in his truck at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre.

The cross-LoC trade today hit another roadblock as the officials here claimed that PaK authorities were not allowing 50 truckers from this part of Kashmir to return home till the release of a PaK-based driver arrested on Friday at Salamabad TFC.

The police on Friday had claimed arrest of a PaK driver on the charges of carrying around 10 kg of narcotic substance in his truck at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre. 

On Friday 50 trucks from this part of Kashmir had crossed to PaK with merchandise and 22 trucks from that side had come to Salamabad TFC.  “PAK authorities are demanding that all the 22 trucks should be allowed to go home. We informed them that we can’t allow the driver caught with banned substance without law taking its own course,” Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Talat Pervaiz told Greater Kashmir. He said: “Following the incident they (PaK authorities) have stopped 50 trucks which had crossed over to Muzaffarabad from our side. We are ready to allow 21 truckers go back, but they are insisting that the accused driver should also be released.”

 “It is a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) followed at the time of trade that trucks from both sides are simultaneously allowed to cross each other’s territory,” Pervaiz said.

To mention, last year the trans-LoC trade remained suspended for over a month following a similar case of drug haul in which a PaK driver was arrest at Salamabad.

Meanwhile, the stakeholders and cross Loc traders have urged the governments of both India and Pakistan not to make intra-Kashmir trade a hostage to “stray incidents”.