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Stranded Pak truckers warn of stopping cross-LoC bus service

india Updated: Feb 01, 2014 17:50 IST
Toufiq Rashid

The 48 truck drivers from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) who have been stranded on the Indian side since the January 17 drug seizure on the LoC have threatened to go on an agitation if the cross-LoC bus service is resumed.

In a hand-written press release issued on Saturday, the drivers threatened of not allowing the bus to ply "unless a decision on them is taken".

The district authorities, however, have assured that the bus service would be resumed without any hindrance. Since Thursday afternoon, the drivers have been on protest, demanding the release of fellow trucker Mohammad Shafiq Awan, who was caught carrying brown sugar worth Rs 100 crore in a consignment of almonds on January 17.

The contraband was meant for Shaukat Habib, a resident of Bandipora district, who has been arrested. The district authorities have rubbished the warning. "Our security setup is not so weak that a few drivers won't let the bus ply. We will resume the service tomorrow and are moving in a positive direction regarding trade as well," said Ghulam Mohammad Khawaja, district commissioner of Baramulla.

Soon after the drug seizure, Pakistani authorities had closed the LoC crossing after detaining 27 Indian trucks that had crossed over to PoK, demanding the release of the arrested Parkistan trucker and the drugs.

Pakistani authorities had also refused to let the 48 trucks to re-enter PoK until the seized truck was also part of the convoy. While Centre is still bilaterally working with Pakistan to resolve the issue on the trade between the two divided parts of the state, the cross LOC bus service, which was suspended for two weeks, will be resumed on Monday.