Left condemns suspension of LoC trade

The Government of India’s order to suspend cross-LoC trade between parts of divided Kashmir via Salamabad (Uri) and Chakan-da-Bagh (Poonch) routes is a huge setback to peace process, CPI (M) said today.

“We were demanding measures for strengthening and streamlining the existing trade and travel arrangements across the LoC and modalities for introducing additional Cross-LoC CBMs,” CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf  Tarigami said in a statement.

“The decision of the Central Government to suspend the cross-LoC trade is detrimental to peace process,” he said. He said instead of providing the cross-LoC traders with banking and telephone facilities, the GoI has virtually taken a reverse gear.