Cross-LoC trade runs into rough weather, PaK drivers threaten boycott

Cross-LoC trade runs into rough weather, PaK drivers threaten boycott
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Baramulla: The fresh recovery of brown sugar from a Pakistani truck in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district may impact the cross-LoC trade between India and Pakistan.
Sources said that scores of drivers from the other side of LoC in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) on Monday staged protest demonstration against the arrest of fellow drivers. The drivers, sources said assembled at the trade facilitation centre at Chakoti at other side of LoC and held a protest demonstration. The protesting drivers were demanding the immediate release of three drivers including Syed Mohammad Yousuf Shah who were detained by Indian police in connection with drug smuggling. The drivers said that they will not ply their trucks till the release of drivers. They warned the drivers coming from the Indian administered side of Kashmir saying if they dared to cross over the LoC, their vehicles would be torched.
Chairman cross-LOC trade Mohammad Asif Lone confirmed that a protest demonstration was held on the other side of LoC demanding the release of drivers.
The sources added that authorities from both sides may meet at Kaman Bridge on Tuesday to negotiate on the issue.
Meanwhile, the official sources said that peace bus between the divided parts of Kashmir crossed the LoC peacefully on Monday on both sides. They said the 26 returnees from this side reached Muzafarabad and 53 passengers including 50 fresh and 03 returnees reached Salambad in Uri in the afternoon.



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