Cross-LoC trade to resume in Poonch on Monday after 4 months

Srinagar

Officials from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir on Friday agreed to resume trans-LoC travel and trade from Tetrinote-Chakan-da-Bagh crossing point from next week after a gap of almost four months.

The travel and trade activities from Tetrinote were suspended on July 7, in the wake of heavy cross-LoC shelling in Poonch division that had caused several civilian casualties on both sides of the LoC. Many passengers who had crossed the LoC through the route were left stranded on both sides and were eventually repatriated from Chakothi-Uri crossing point in Muzaffarabad division on August 7.

In a meeting on Friday, the officials of the two sides decided that cross-LoC travel from Tetrinote would take place on Monday (Nov 6), even though it’s a closed holiday in JK on account of Jammu Martyrs Day.

Both sides also agreed that 60 trucks – 30 from each side — would ferry goods across the LoC daily from Tuesday to Friday, when the trade is held every week.

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