State Government Takes Up Cross-LoC Trade Issue With Centre

State Government Takes Up Cross-LoC Trade Issue With Centre

14 September 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: The J&K Government has taken up the suspension of the cross-LoC trade at the highest level in the Central government. The Customs Department has so far not revoked its order of banning the import of some of the items from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The traders suspended the trans-LoC trade via the Salamabad-Chakoti axis in north Kashmir on September 3, owing to the Custom’s Department order, and decided to go on an indefinite strike. On September 10, the traders, while showed their willingness to resume the business, lined up their goods trucks at the Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre at Uri. However, the trucks could not cross the Kaman post at the Line of Control as the trade authorities in PoK also raised their objections to the Customs order. The Director General (DG) of the cross-LoC trade in PoK had sought a meeting with his counterparts at the Zero Line to sort out the issues before resuming the trade. The DG, sources said, had written to the Trade Facilitation Officer of the Customs Department at Salamabad, which was then forwarded to the Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, by the Regional Passport Officer for further action. “I have written about the suspension of the cross-LoC trade to Commissioner Secretary, Industry and Commerce, J&K, who has now taken up the matter at the highest level in the Central government,” Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Ghulam Ahmad Khawaja said.