Reasons given by GoI to stop cross LoC trade untenable: Soz

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Senior Congress leader and the former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said that reasons being given to stop Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade were “highly untenable.”

In a statement Soz  alleged, “Since everything is happening at the behest of PMO, stopping the cross LoC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad all of a sudden, is seen by the trading communities on both sides, as part of a trickery aimed at the election-2019. He (PM Modi) thinks this will provide grist to his propaganda mill.”

 He said, “ I checked up the reasons given by Central government  such as smuggling weapons, narcotics, fake currency and others things for stopping the cross LoC trade with organizations that have firsthand knowledge on what is what on the cross LOC trade. I talked to responsible functionaries of the trade associations, who categorically denied any kind of malpractices indulged in by traders. They raised the question why malpractices (if any) were not noticed earlier and action taken.”

Soz said, “In one voice traders said that whenever a malpractice was noticed, the wrong doers were punished, under the law. They confirmed my fear that the alarm had been raised by the PM  Modi dispensation only keeping its eyes on election 2019. These trade associations described GoI’s action as an uncalled for disruption bringing misery to the trading communities on both sides of LoC.”