Cross LoC trade : Only 4 trucks cross to other side

Business Desk/Srinagar
August 9, 2017 BUSINESS 199 Views

Only four trucks from here crossed over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) while no vehicle from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here since July 21 when 66.5 kgs of narcotic drugs were recovered from a truck at Trade Centre Salamabad, Uri , which was part of the trade that started from 2008.
Four trucks, carrying goods from here were allowed to cross the Aman Setu, peace bridge at Uri to other side of the LoC this afternoon before it was again closed for unknown reasons.
Not a single truck from PaK has arrived here till this afternoon, official sources told UNI.
They said despite agreeing by both the sides to resume trade from today it remained suspended, barring four trucks from here crossing to other side.
However, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and POK resumed yesterday and 178 residents of both the sides cross sides at Kaman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in Uri sector.
Trade was suspended after police recovered drugs which were hidden in fake cavities specifically fabricated for this purpose in boxes purportedly to contain mercantile goods.
The driver of the truck, identified as Syed Yousuf, son of Ali Akbar, has been arrested.
Later on August 3, the authorities of Jammu and Kashmir and PoK agreed to resume trade on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route this week.
The decision to resume cross-LoC trade was taken during a meeting at Zero point between J&K and PoK officials at Kaman post.
The meeting between officials from both sides also took several other decisions to streamline the trade and prevent such incidents. During the meeting, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash had stressed upon Director General (DG) Travel and Trade Authority of PoK Shahid Ahmad for carrying out the trade process in a transparent manner and ensuring stringent checks on the traded items.
Dr Naqash said that scrutiny of trade associated vehicles should be strengthened so that all the hurdles confronting it are eliminated.
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Baramulla Mir Imtiyaz Hussain also presented the details of the recently occurred incident on which the DG assured him that the trade process in future will be carried out transparently.
The PaK delegation was also briefed about the investigation being carried by police in the narcotics case during the meeting.

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