India, Pakistan discussing trade through LoC
22 August 2007
The Daily Times
New Delhi: India said on Wednesday that discussions were underway with Pakistan to finalise modalities and trade lists to start trade across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Commerce and Industry State Minister Jairam Ramesh told the Rajya Sabha that India had completed construction of a land custom station and other infrastructure at Salamabad, the last point on the LoC from the Indian side on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Road. Ramesh said India and Pakistan have already exchanged lists of proposed commodities to be traded across the LoC, and approved trade of certain items across the LoC during technical level talks on May 2, 2006. India has also requested Pakistan to open the Wagah border crossing on a permanent basis for bilateral trade of all commodities by road, the minister added.