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Cross-LoC trade remains suspended for 2nd day

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Jammu, Mar 14: The cross-LoC trade between Poonch-Rawalakot remained suspended for the second day on Thursday even as there was no report of any firing between Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control, officials said.

It was suspended after five mortar shells hit the cross-LoC facilitation centre at Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch district on Wednesday at around 12.30 pm, when the process of scanning of trucks was almost complete.

Though there were no casualties in the shelling, several sheds including the one housing the X-Ray scanner were damaged.

“The trade remained suspended for the second day and is likely to be resumed tomorrow (Friday),” custodian of LoC trade centre, Poonch, Fareed Kohli was quoted as saying by PTI.

The cross-LoC trade between Poonch on this side and Rawalakot in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir, which started in October 2008, takes place four days a week from Tuesday to Friday on barter system.

“There has been no report of ceasefire violation from anywhere along the LoC since late Wednesday afternoon,” an Army official said.

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