Cross-LoC Traders To Meet At Kaman Post On Monday

Cross-LoC Traders To Meet At Kaman Post On Monday

21 February 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: Indian and Pakistani officials have agreed for a joint meeting of cross-Line of Control (LoC) traders on Monday at the Zero Point at Kaman Post in the Uri sector. They will discuss ways to restore the stalled trade on the Salamabad-Chakoti axis. Officials from both sides decided earlier this week in principle to resume the trade on Thursday. But it could still not be restored from Uri after no truck from from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived at Kaman Post for crossing over to the Indian side. “We are holding a meeting of the traders from the two sides on Monday at the Zero Point so that confidence is restored among the traders and truckers for resuming the trade,” said Custodian of Cross-LoC Trade at Salamabad Showkat Ahmad Rather. “The meeting will also be attended by the officials from the two sides,” he added. General secretary of the Salamabad-Chakoti Traders Union (SCTU) Hilal Turkey said after the trade was stalled it was they who had first first sought a joint meeting of the traders. “This time the trade authorities from Chakoti had requested for the meeting, which was agreed by the officials here. The traders will sit together on Monday and it will surely help for resuming the trade,” Turkey said. He added that in the upcoming meeting they would put certain suggestions to the officials and traders from the other side to ensure that the cross-LoC trade flourishes and no one misuses the trade. After the recovery of brown sugar worth Rs 114 crore on January 17, the cross-LoC trade resumed partially on Thursday. While the trade resumed between Poonch and Rawlakote in the Jammu region, the trade remained suspended at Kaman Post in the Uri sector.