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Cross-LoC trade resumes after two days in Poonch

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Jammu, Mar 15: The cross-LoC trade between Poonch-Rawalakot resumed on Friday, after remaining suspended for two days, officials said.

A total of 67 trucks, including 35 from this side and 32 from Pakistan, crossed the border via Chakan-Da-Bagh, Custodian of LoC trade centre, Poonch, Fareed Kohli was quoted as saying by PTI.

The trade took place smoothly, he said.

The cross-LoC trade was suspended on Wednesday after five mortar shells hit the facilitation centre at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district. Though there were no casualties in the shelling, several sheds, including the one housing the X-Ray scanner, were damaged.

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.

Despite increased tensions between the neighbours in the aftermath of the Pulwama suicide attack, the cross-LoC trade and bus service remained largely unaffected, even as there was a spurt in cross-border skirmishes.

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