Cross LoC trade suspended after Indian authorities ‘deny’ entry to oat-laden trucks

Cross LoC trade suspended after Indian authorities ‘deny’ entry to oat-laden trucks

BARAMULLA: The cross LoC trade was suspended on Tuesday after Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) traders protested against Indian authorities for “not allowing” entry of trucks laden with oat seeds.
The traders of Chakoti in PaK stopped to send their goods into Kashmir via Uri after authorities refused the entry of trucks carrying oat seeds.
The traders of Uri said that their counterparts from PaK had started sending oat seeds in bulk after its demand surged in Kashmir.
They said that the trade officials posted at Salambad in Uri stopped oat seeds as it is not in the list of 21 items allowed for the trade.
“The Chakoti traders started to send oat seeds in small quantities a few weeks back. When the demand for the seeds increased, they started to send the produce in bulk quantities prompting the trade authorities to refuse its entry,” said Mohammad Asif Lone, president Salamabad-Chakoti Trade Union.
“There are so many important items which we want to be included in the list of 21 items including oat seeds. We have been appealing both the countries to increase the list of items to be traded but nobody is listening,” he said.
A police official, who monitors the trade and travel via Uri, said that dozens of goods laden trucks are stranded in Salambad trade centre after protests on the other side.
However, the custodian of trade in Salamabad, Farooq Ahmad Shah, said that the trade was suspended as no trucks from Pakistani side turned up at the crossing point.
Asked about the issue of oat seeds, he said that it was upto customs and horticulture department to allow its trade. “They are the authorities who know what should be allowed and what should not be allowed. We are not the right authority to discuss the issue,” Shah said.
He said that Pakistani authorities passed them a message on Tuesday morning that were no trucks available from their side. “So the trade was stopped for the day,” he added.

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