Cross LoC Bus Service Suspended

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The cross-LoC (Line of Control) bus service scheduled for Monday was suspended following the stalemate over cross LoC trade.

Sources said that following the impasse in the cross LoC trade on Friday, after a driver belonging to Muzaffarabad was arrested allegedly following recovery of narcotic substances from his vehicle, today’s run of cross LoC bus service from Chakan Da Bagh (Poonch) and Aman Setu (Baramulla) has been cancelled.

The service between the divided parts of Kashmir operates every Monday from Poonch and Baramulla districts of the state.

Four people including Anayat Hussain, driver of the truck from which 307 packets of narcotic substance were recovered on Friday, and three local traders namely Zahoor Ahmad, Abdul Majeed and Muhammad Yusuf were detained by Jammu and Kashmir police.

In retaliation, Pakistan authorities detained 50 trucks that had gone to Chakoti trade facilitation centre with goods.

Sources said that a meeting is likely to be held in the afternoon between officials at Aman Setu near the Kaman Post in Uri sector of the LoC to resolve the impasse.

Cross LoC bus service was started in April 2005 and the cross LoC trade was started in October 2008.

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