Salamabad Trade Union Sunday decided to resume the LoC trade for two weeks to make the pending transactions between traders across the border. The Union decided to meet after two weeks to chalk out the ‘future strategy.’
The decision was taken by the executive body of Union in a meeting held at Baramullah. Sources privy to meeting, told KNS that the trade will resume on September 17. “Various issues of traders and their demands were thoroughly discussed. The members of Union expressed resentment over the delay caused by government in redressing their grievances,” said sources.
Confirming that the Union would resume trade from September 17, Union President Nazir Ahmad Lone told KNS that Governments of both countries should show positive approach towards to LoC trade.
He said that the Union has apprised government about the grievances, issues and demands of it earlier “but no step has been taken to look into those and redress them.”
He said that the union welcomes the ‘invitation for participation’ in Pugwash conference which was sent to its Chairman Asif Lone.
General secretary Tajamul Massoqi, Iqbal Lone, Javid Maqroo and others were present in the meeting.
Pertinently, Salamabad-Chakoti LoC Traders’ Union on August 31 had decided to suspend trade indefinitely to protest against the Customs Department “creating hurdles at the Salamabad check post”. “They don’t allow us to carry smooth trade. We took the decision after a meeting of all the traders at Salamabad, Uri on Friday,” president of the Union Nazir Ahmad Lone had told KNS. He had alleged that Chief Conservator Forests (CCF) Kashmir Nisar Darzi was also creating hurdles in smooth conduct of their business due to which they were suffering losses.