Cross-LoC traders meet at Poonch, resolve issues

SRINAGAR: A joint meeting of traders and officials from both sides of the Line of Control was held at Chakan-Da-Bagh zero point on Thursday to discuss pace and progress of the Cross-LoC trade and resolution of the traders’ disputes.
An official handout issue here said about 143 traders, 63 from J&K and 80 from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) participated in the meeting, which was organised after a gap of five months.
Both the parties, as per the handout, agreed to encourage Cross-LoC trade by removing “unnecessary hurdles”.
Deputy Commissioner, Poonch highlighted benefits of the trade, saying “its dividends go beyond commercial gains and it, as a part of confidence building measures between both sides, must be promoted”.
Underlining the need for diversifying trade, Wani emphasised on encouraging and promoting serious traders and discouraging defaulters in the barter trade.
The delegation from PaK stressed on taking steps for further growth of the trade and urged for regular meetings between the officials and the traders to ensure its smooth conduct.
“Traders from both sides impressed upon both the administrations to ensure presence of all defaulters in trade meets and also asked for increasing the number of tradable items and the number of trucks allowed in a day.
“They also demanded early installation of full-body truck scanners, which will increase the quantum of trade. Traders from both sides also pressed for multi-entry permit for traders to visit (PaK) for business purposes,” the handout said.