Cross-LoC trade can pave way for reconciliation: J&K minister

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

Meanwhile, senior PDP leader and Minister for Roads & Buildings, Naeem Akhtar, termed cross-LoC trade a confidence building measure (CBM) of great significance for J&K.

Akhtar, also the state government spokesman, said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has made it clear that the Centre and the state are keen to continue cross-LoC trade.

Baramulla: The cross LOC trade through Uri remained suspend for second consecutive week as drivers from Pakistani administration Kashmir (PaK) have been refusing to participate unless their colleagues arrested for allegedly carrying drugs were released.

Referring to instances of narcotics and arms smuggling on trade points across LoC, Akhtar called for beefing up security to check such activities. Other measures that the traders demanded are the constitution of a special cell comprising of Indian and local agencies to monitor trade, verification of traders on yearly basis, currency conversion and banking facilities, provision of container based vehicles and communication facilities, construction of an global standard ware house, accountability and balancing of accounts of the cross LOC traders, curbing the menace of proxy trading, security against contraband items if discovered in consignments from the other side, increase in number of trucks per day, and installation of full body scanners at TFC Salamabad the Kaman Post.

Cross-LoC trade has been suspended since July 21 after recovery of 66.5 kilograms of heroin and brown sugar from a Pakistan-occupied Kashmir truck at Salamabad trade facilitation centre.

A delegation of Salamabad cross-LoC Traders Union led by its President, Hilal Turki, called on Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan, here on Wednesday.

The delegation appealed Governor's help in implementation of certain long pending steps to streamline the cross LoC trade.

The other demands include constitution of a special cell comprising state and Central agencies to monitor trade and traders, verification of traders on yearly basis, conversion of currency at the rate prevailing in the worldwide currency markets on quarterly basis, provision of container-based vehicles to traders for exporting goods and provision of a banking system to facilitate trade. Lone, in a statement issued in Srinagar, said that the governor "assured us that he will take steps for its restoration".

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