Cross-LoC Trade Suspended for A Week

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Srinagar, The tensions in Kashmir on Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) has led to suspension of cross-border trade.

Sources at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre in North Kashmir’s Uri town said that the officials from the other side of divide have written to officials here that Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is observing holidays.

“So, we will not be able to do trade for a week,” sources quoting the memo sent to trade officials from this side of LoC said.

However, sources asserted that the situation on LoC for last more than a month has led to suspension of the trade activity which otherwise had remained unaffected since 2008 when it was started.

On Monday, the peace bus service, Karvan-e-Aman, too was suspended owing to the tensions which has resulted in many causalities.

Today, reports from Jammu said that a teenaged girl was killed in alleged cross-border firing while as media reports from PoK said that four civilians were killed due to alleged firing by Indian troops stationed on LoC on this side of fence.

The cross-LoC trade was started in 2008 as a major confidence building measure while as the peace bus service was kicked off for divided families in 2005.

However, it is first time in last decade that the duo measures have been mostly affected by tensions between the two nuclear armed South Asian neighbours.

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