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Cross-LoC trade resumes in Jammu, freezes in Kashmir

india Updated: Feb 21, 2014 10:09 IST
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Trade over the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir failed to resume on Thursday as no goods trucks arrived at the crossing point from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), but it reopened in Jammu with nine vehicles crossing over.

At Kaman post at Uri in north Kashmir, state authorities were waiting for trucks to come from PoK, but none reported. The gate at the 'Aman Setu' bridge was not opened, due to which a lone Indian truck, carrying clothes, could not cross over, official sources said here.

After deliberations following a stand-off over seizure of a truck from PoK for allegedly carrying drugs, cross-LoC trade was expected to resume on Thursday.

A source said that three Indian trucks carrying clothes, tea and cumin seeds had reported at the checkpost at Uri. While two of them returned in the wee hours, the third could not cross over at Kaman post as the gates were not opened.

The drivers of the two trucks who returned with their vehicles cited damage to their goods due to extensive search by the security forces. At Chakan-Da-Bagh-Rawakote in Jammu, nine trucks each from PoK and Jammu crossed over.

Cross-LoC trade, an important confidence-building measure, had taken a hit on January 17 after Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested a truck driver from PoK for allegedly carrying 114 packets of brown sugar, worth Rs 100 crore in the international market.

That led to a stand-off as PoK authorities detained 27 Indian trucks and refused to take back their remaining 48 trucks from India. The matter was resolved after more than three weeks with the Pakistani side releasing the Indian trucks and taking back their vehicles without insisting on the return of the arrested Pakistani driver.