New Delhi: The cross-LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) will not be stopped. The statement puts to rest speculations about the impact on trade after reports of “terror funding” through two trading points of the state.
Indian Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrish, conveyed this to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, during a meeting held in Srinagar on Monday, a home ministry official privy to the development told PTI.
The home secretary told the CM that GoI has no plans to stop the cross-LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and PaK, even though the trade between the divided Kashmir has been caught in a controversy after the NIA’s investigation into “terror funding” in Kashmir, the official said.
The cross-LoC trade and transport facilities are considered a major confidence building exercise between India and Pakistan. Mehbooba Mufti last week had strongly rooted for cross-LoC trade, stating that the PDP would not allow its closure and continue to work towards opening more routes across the Line of Control with PaK.
The trade across the LoC is under suspension since July 11 after heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side caused damage to trade facilitation centres and police barracks.
The cross-LoC bus services on the Poonch-Rawalakot road between Jammu and Kashmir and PaK also remained suspended for the fourth consecutive week due to the shelling.
Meanwhile, New Delhi is all set to procure two truck scanners to be installed along the Muzaffarabad-Uri and Poonch-Rawalakot routes soon, the official said.