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Tests confirm drug in Pak truck was ‘brown sugar’

Indo-Asian News Service  Srinagar, January 23, 2014
First Published: 14:09 IST(23/1/2014) | Last Updated: 14:24 IST(23/1/2014)

Forensic scientists confirmed on Wednesday that the narcotics consignment seized from a Pakistani truck in Jammu and Kashmir on January 17 was brown sugar.

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After the seizure of 114 packets concealed under almonds, the police arrested the truck driver and launched an investigation. “Samples of the seized contraband items were sent to the forensic lab for tests. Today we received the lab report confirming that the contraband is brown sugar,” the police told IANS.

Trade across the Line of Control (LoC) was disrupted on January 17 after the arrest of the driver and seizure of the vehicle by India. Pakistani authorities later detained 27 drivers and their vehicles from India who had gone to Chakote near Muzaffarabad with trade consignments.

Pakistan also refused entry to 48 of its own trucks, demanding the Indian authorities to release the arrested driver and allow the return of all 49 trucks that had come to the Salamabad trade centre in Baramulla district on January 17.

Brig Muhammad Ismail Khan (retd), director general of trade and travel of Pakistan, told Indian officials during a meeting to resolve the deadlock, saying the Pakistani driver could not be arrested by India as he had diplomatic immunity. Pakistan also said that the bus services between Uri-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawlakote would remain suspended till the deadlock was resolved.

Pakistan also refused entry to 48 of its own trucks, demanding the Indian authorities to release the arrested driver and allow the return of all 49 trucks that had come to the Salamabad trade centre in Baramulla district on January 17.

Brig Muhammad Ismail Khan (retd), director general of trade and travel of Pakistan, told Indian officials during a meeting to resolve the deadlock, saying the Pakistani driver could not be arrested by India as he had diplomatic immunity. Pakistan also said that the bus services between Uri-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawlakote would remain suspended till the deadlock was resolved.

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