Kashmir-related CBMs Endorsed By Pak-India Talks

21 July 2008
Associated Press of Pakistan


Islamabad: Following are Kashmir-related CBMs endorsed by Pak-India talks here on Monday. Triple entry permits will be introduced with effect from October 1, 2008. A separate form for this purpose has been agreed upon. All three entries are to be made from the same crossing point. This facility will be automatically available to senior citizens and accompanying spouses. Deputy Commissioner Rawalakot and Regional Passport Officer Jammu would be the respective designated authorities for the Rawalakot-Poonch bus service with effect from October 1, 2008. Monthly coordination meetings between the designated authorities will be held, with the provision to convene urgent meetings whenever required. Crossings will stand enhanced to sixty persons per crossing. Steps to be taken to reduce processing time for applications on both sides. The operation of the Tithwala-Chiliana crossing point will be effective from May to November of every year, in view of the accessibility problems in the winter. Crossing on Uri-Hajipir will be facilitated. The designated authorities will start exchanging application forms by e-mail from October 1, 2008. E-mail transfer will be backed up by hard copies. In cases of emergencies (death of close relative across LoC), clearance to be processed within a week. Stay in such cases will be for upto seven days. This will be effective from October 1, 2008. Frequency of Srinagar -Muzaffarabad and Pooch-Rawalakot bus services will be increased from fortnightly to weekly with effect from August 21, 2008 and August 25, 2008 respectively. Designated authorities will reconcile data regarding crossings regularly. Cross Loc Trade List of commodities to be traded with zero-tariff regime were exchanged. To begin implementation, each side will indicate the items that are willing to receive. The visit of Chambers of Commerce from both sides of LoC will take place as early as possible to make recommendations on modalities of trade.