LoC trade, bus service to resume today

Cross-border trade and bus service between India and Pakistan will resume in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector from Monday. Following the escalation of tension at the Line of Control over the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops on January 8, the services were suspended for over a fortnight.

"Cross-LoC bus service and trade would resume from January 28 along Chakan-da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district," Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Industries and Commerce Sajjad Kitchloo told PTI.

On Saturday, the Pakistani authorities had conveyed their willingness to resume trade and bus service along the borderline in Poonch, he said.

Kitchloo expressed hope that trade across the LoC would increase.

Pakistani Army had on January 11 refused to open the gates for allowing cross-LoC trade at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district resulting in stranding of 25 trucks from Jammu and Kashmir.

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