Negotiations To Resolve Kashmir Cross Border Trade, Travel Stand Off Continues

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Published: January 22, 2014

Updated: January 22, 2014

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NEW DELHI: The trans LoC trade and travel stand off between India and Pakistan continued today, while negotiations were on to resolve the issue.

The trade facilitation centres of both sides were in touch with each other in an effort to resume normal trade traffic between the two countries, but so far no result has come out, sources said here today.

The Ministry of External Affairs had summoned acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Mansoor Ahmad last evening to lodge India’s protest against Pakistan suspending trade and bus services detaining 28 truck drivers from Jammu and Kashmir who had crossed command post with their vehicles last week.

The action by Pakistani authorities had come after India had detained their driver on charges of smuggling narcotics.

“Pakistan authorities manning the Kaman post on the LoC had refused to send back Indian trucks carrying cross LoC trade consignment after Indian authorities had impounded a truck coming from PoK and arrested its driver for carrying narcotics destined for an Indian national,” official sources said.

They also indicated that they would not allow the Srinagar-Muzzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakote bus services to run (Monday) their regular services till the impounded truck and arrested driver were released.

“While the two Foreign Ministries are working towards resolving the matter through diplomatic channels, it is indeed surprising that Pakistan chose to hold hostage trans-LoC trade and travel bringing immense humanitarian benefits to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, for the sake of persons indulging in drug trafficking,” MEA spokesperosn Syed Akbaruddin had said here yesterday.

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