Baramulla: Cross-LoC trade through Uri has been suspended for a week after a narcotics haul was recovered from a Pakistani truck last week.
Sources in the cross-LoC trade said that after strong protests at Chakoti on Monday by drivers from the other side of the LoC against the arrest of their drivers in drug smuggling, trade authorities from the other side sent a letter to this side intimating that trade will be suspended this week. The letter mentioned that drivers from the Pakistani side want the release of all three drivers who are in jail here.
Chairman cross-LoC trade union Mohammad Asif Lone confirmed that they received a letter from the other side that trade will be suspended this week. He said his union would now approach them for trade restoration.
The sources said that there are many loaded trucks at Salamabad trade centre from this side and they have no option without wait. They said they are worried about their goods due to the suspension of trade. Traders too are worried about the payments for their goods for they spend a lot of money in the trade.
District commissioner (DC) Baramulla Nasir Ahmad Naqash confirmed that the Pakistani authorities had suspended trade for the next few days. “Yes we were informed by the Pakistani authorities that trade will be suspended for the next four days, there is some technical problem on the other side of the LOC, that is why they have suspended it,” the DC said.