78 Indian Traders To Visit PoK
18 August 2006
New Delhi: A delegation of 76 Indian traders from Jammu and Kashmir will visit Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) while team of 52 businessmen from PoK will come this side of Line of Control. This is in consequence of decision by India and Pakistan as part of confidence building measures to promote trade between two parts of state bifurcated by 742 km line of control, UNI reported here today. Sources said decks have started clearing for the initiation of trade between the two parts of the state. A list of 76 members from PoK was cleared on July three by the PoK chamber of commerce at a meeting held at Muzaffarabad, the capital of PoK. Though the Mumbai blasts have slowed the process, sources disclosed a list of 52 traders has finally reached the Jammu and Kashmir government for approval. Sources added that a list of traders belonging to all parts of Jammu and Kashmir has also been sent to PoK government for clearance but a response is awaited. India and Pakistan had few months back agreed to start trade between the two parts of the state to revive the natural trade routes of Jammu and Kashmir which were severed after partition. The infrastructure for facilitating trade had almost been ready this side of line of control and the matter is being pursued by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.