LoC trade along Uri route resumes

LoC trade along Uri route resumes

Srinagar: The barter trade across the Line of Control (LoC) resumed on Tuesday as a dozen trucks were allowed to exchange listed goods at Salamabad trade facilitation canter near Uri.
The trade was suspended after the raging anti-India uprising erupted in the valley on July 9 after the killing of iconic Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The last barter trade happened on July 12.
Significantly, the trade activity began nine days after a deadly attack on a battalion headquarter in Uri led to the death of 18 Indian soldiers and four fidayeen militants. The attack turned focus on the volatile LoC dividing the two parts of Kashmir and raised the spectre of a war between India and Pakistan.
Custodian of the trade facilitation centre (TFC) Salamabad Farooq Ahmad Shah said that 12 trucks crossed over to Muzaffarabad carrying red chilli and embroidered clothes. He said a truck carrying embroidered women’s clothes from Muzaffarabad crossed over to this side.
The trading activity, which began in October 2008 as a confidence building measure to increase people-to-people contact between divided parts of Kashmir, was suspended since the second week of July.
Shah said the trading activity is scheduled for four days in a week from Salamabad from Tuesday to Friday. Reports said initially Pakistani traders stayed away from work for a week to protest civilian killings in the valley.
Twenty-one items, including eatables, garments and handicrafts, are traded on the twin routes — Srinagar-Muzaffarabad in Kashmir and Poonch-Rawalakote in Jammu— four days a week.

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