Cross LoC Trade: Stranded Drivers to cross over Today

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

After many deliberations between the External Affairs Ministries, of India and Pakistan, both the sides have decided to allow the stranded Trucks and Drivers to cross over to their respective sides on Wednesday.

The decision to this effect has been taken to ease the tension of the 75 families of Drivers stranded on either sides of the LoC.

“Yes, it has been decided that the stranded Trucks and Drivers will cross to their respective sides today,” said an official from Baramulla, adding “The decision to this effect has been taken on the highest level between India and Pakistan.”

48 Drivers from this side and 27 Drivers belonging to the Pakistani administered Kashmir (PaK) are stranded in Salamabad and Chakoti, since January 17, 2014 when a huge howl of Brown Sugar was seized from a Truck of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).

Authorities had immediately decided to stop the cross LoC trade from Uri Salamabad route.

Not only trade, but the bus service also was affected for two weeks.

Since, mid January, 48 Truck drivers from this part of Kashmir and 27 Drivers from PaK, are stranded on either sides of the LoC. The families of these drivers were protesting almost every day.

Sources said that finally both the countries have decided that Drivers should leave for their respective sides.

They added that the Drivers will cross over today after noon.

“The authorities have decided to allow the stranded drivers from both the sides, and in the afternoon, they will cross over,” Hilal Turki, a senior cross LoC trader, told Kashmir Life.

Pertinently police had claimed seizing of Brown sugar worth over Rs 100 Crores from a truck coming from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) to Uri.

Police had said that it found 114 packets of brown sugar weighing almost a kilogram each, from one of the trucks that came from PaK bearing number RIS-2137 of Al- Fajar Company.

The truck on reaching Salamabad Uri check-point, was routinely checked and the police found large number of mysterious packets in one of the almond bags. The truck stand was cordoned and no one was allowed to move outside the premises till senior officials of police, crime branch and Intelligence Agencies reached the spot.

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