Kashmir be converted into free trade area: Mehbooba

13 April 2008
The News International

New Delhi: Mehbooba Mufti, President of Peoples Democratic Party has called for converting Jammu & Kashmir into free trade and movement region. Addressing a convention of PDP workers at Sopore in occupied Kashmir, she hoped that during the forthcoming composite dialogue between Pakistan and India, modalities of cross-LoC trade would be finalised. The PDP president said that during her recent visit to Pakistan, the Pakistani leadership had assured her that cross-LoC trade would be facilitated by this year. The Tribune quoting her said the Indian government was committed at the highest level to facilitate cross-LoC trade. Mehbooba said she discussed the idea during her recent visit to Pakistan for setting up an intra-Jammu and Kashmir Regional Council involving elected representatives from both sides of LoC who could identify the areas for mutual cooperation to facilitate free flow of people, goods, ideas, services and cultures between the two parts of Kashmir.