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Cross-LoC trade operates as usual: Officials

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Srinagar, Feb 26: Despite escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, it was business as usual on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road on Tuesday as 70 trucks crossed the LoC between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered- Kashmir at Kaman Post in Uri.

As many as 35 trucks carrying goods from Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre at Uri entered PaK as part of the cross-Line of Control trade between the divided parts of the state, officials said.

They said an equal number of trucks arrived from the other side at the trade facilitation centre on this side.

The exchange of goods, which is held on barter basis, takes place from Tuesday to Friday every week. The trade on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was started in October 2008 as a confidence building measure as part of the composite Indo-Pak dialogue.

The trade has been suspended several times in the past whenever there was any tension between the two countries like in the aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

In an air strike following the Pulwama attack, India bombed and destroyed “Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp” in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing a “very large number of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders,” officials said earlier in New Delhi.

The operation, described as a “non-military, preemptive strike”, was welcomed by the entire political spectrum and military experts who had been advocating retribution after the February 14 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama claimed by JeM.

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