Pak suspends LoC trade, travel

In the wake of a strong reaction from India over the killing of its two soldiers, Pakistan on Thursday suspended the cross-LoC trade and travel in Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdul Hamid, Custodian Cross LoC Trade at Chakkan Da Bagh, said Pakistan had not opened gates for trucks waiting on the Indian side since morning.

All efforts to contact Pakistani authorities had failed, he said, adding that in the evening they conveyed they would cease trade and travel operations through Chakkan Da Bagh until the situation normalises.

A total of 65 trucks are now stranded at Chakkan Da Bagh crossing. Most of these trucks are carrying perishable goods, particularly vegetables.

Hamid said cross LoC passenger bus service on Poonch-Rawalkote road for Monday has also been suspended. While the cross-LoC trade takes place from Tuesday to Friday, the bus service operates only on Monday.

The cross LoC trade between the two countries started in 2011 as part of confidence building measures.

This is the second time LoC trade has come to a halt. Pakistan had refused to open the gates on June 14 last year at Chakkan Da Bagh border point following heavy LoC firing, shelling and ceasefire violations.

During the incident that began on June 11, 2012, two Indian soldiers were killed.


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