No cross LoC travel on Poonch-Rawalakote road, despite calm

Though there has been total calm along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir for the last nearly a week, there will no cross LoC travel on Poonch-Rawalakote road through Chakkan Da Bagh on Monday.

Confirming this to The Indian Express, Custodian Cross LoC Trade at Chakkan Da Bagh, Abdul Hamid said that the Pakistani officials want it to be suspended for some more time. ``I had contacted them on phone last evening to enquire about Monday's bus service, but they told me that they have not received any fresh instructions from their higher ups so far,'' he pointed oui.

Nearly 105 residents from Jammu Kashmir had gone to Pakistan occupied Kashmir on valid permit through Chakkan Da Bagh to meet their relatives. Similarly, nearly 107 residents from PoK have come to the state through the same route.

Of them, nearly 82 PoK residents have completed their period of stay in Jammu Kashmir and have to return to their native land. The number of such Jammu Kashmir residents now overstaying in PoK, according to officials, is around 54.

These people are unable to return home on their respective sides of the LoC following the suspension of cross LoC bus service on Poonch-Rawalakote road since Monday last after Pakistan refused to allow travel and trade through Chakkan Da Bagh alleging unprovoked firing by Indian Army on their positions along the LoC. The India, however, accused Pakistan of frequently resorting to ceasefire violation, besides killing its two soldiers in ambush laid by later troops in Mendhar after crossing the LoC.

The cross LoC trade and travel was allowed by both India and Pakistan as part of the confidence building measures between people living Jammu Kashmir and PoK. The trade on barter system between them had started in 2011. While cross LoC travel between the two sides takes place only on Monday, the trade between them is allowed four days a week between Tuesday to Friday.

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