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Tensions aside, cross-LoC trade continues

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Jammu, Feb 27: The cross-LoC trade between J&K and Pakistan-administered-Kashmir continued Wednesday amid the escalating Indo-Pak tension with 50 goods-laden trucks crossing the Line of Control, said officials.

The cross-LoC trade via Chakan-da-Bagh Wednesday saw 50 goods laden trucks crossing the LoC, custodian Fareed Kohli of the LoC trade centre at Poonch was quoted as saying by PTI.

He said while 34 Indian goods trucks went to PaK, 16 trucks arrived here from the other side.

The cross-LoC trade takes place between the two sides four days a week from Tuesday to Friday.

A similar number of goods trucks, 35 Indian and 15 of PaK, had crossed the LoC Tuesday when the weekly trade resumed.

The weekly bus-service between Poonch and Rawalakot (PoK), which had been suspended on February 18 following the Pulwama suicide attack on February 14, had also resumed Monday with 17 passengers availing the facility.

Billed as the biggest confidence-building measure, the bus service had been started on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route in Kashmir region on April 07, 2005 and the Poonch-Rawalakot route in Jammu region on June 20, 2006, to facilitate easier trade and travel between divided families of Jammu and Kashmir and the PaK.

The trade, which works on the barter system between the divided parts of the state had started in October 2008.

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