Meeting sought with PaK officials for resumption of cross-LoC travel, trade

Officials in Jammu and Kashmir have sought a meeting with their counterparts in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) on Thursday to discuss resuming cross-LoC travel and trade via the Poonch-Rawalkote road, news agency PTI reported.

The cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service was suspended on July 10 due to heavy firing and shelling by Pakistani forces, officials say.

PaK officials–via the government—have been requested for a meeting on November 2 to decide on resuming the cross-LoC travel and trade via the Poonch-Rawalkote road, Custodian of the cross-LoC trade (Poonch), Mohmmad Tanveer, told PTI.

Tanveer said a response from PaK authorities was awaited.

Since July 10, no bus had crossed the LoC via the Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point on the route. Poonch residents engaged in barter trade between the two sides have suffered an estimated loss of Rs 63 crore following the trade suspension.

India and Pakistan have engaged in one of the worst border skirmishes along the LoC this year, causing civil and military casualties on both sides.

The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir had come into force in November 2003.

 

 

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