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Will work for transformation of Uri as a major trade centre: Dr Sajjad

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Seeks resumption of trade, easing of travel across LoC

Uri, July 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday sought resumption of cross LOC trade, saying the suspension of the Cross border trade has severely hit the marginal traders associated with it.

According to the party spokesperson, adressing workers at Uri party’s north zone secretary, and constituency in-charge Dr. Sajjad Uri said that suspension of the trade across the LOC in wake of the increased hostilities between India and Pakistan has added to the mounting problems of the people of Uri. “The measure has inadvertently hit the marginal traders associated with the cross border trade. The cross border trade for some was the only avenue of income. The measure has put scores of families to duress.  The opening up of cross border trade was a part of series of confidence building measures to benefit Kashmiris and overall betterment of relationship between India and Pakistan. However the past unpleasant incidents had its impact on the initiative,” he said.

While expressing dismay over the absence of any initiative on the upgradation of travel facilities across the border through Salamabad he said, “The need of the hour calls for easing the travel formalities associated with the cross border travel. It is nobody’s case to weaken the security apparatus. My only plea is that the economic activity that had picked up in the frontier region of Uri following opening of the trade route at Salamabad should not be allowed to get derailed due to the rising tensions between the two countries. I urge GOI to resume the trade at an earliest.”


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