Soz Discusses Cross-LoC Trade In Delhi

10 September 2008
Kashmir Watch

Jammu: India's Union Minister for Water Resources and President Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Prof. Saifuddin Soz today called on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the union capital on Wednesday. A spokesman of the ministry told News Agency of Kashmir that the minister held separate meetings with the PM and UPA chairperson, today. Besides discussing current political situation in the state, Prof Soz also held a detailed deliberation over the proposed operationalising of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for cross border trade, he said. The Union minister expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for the keen interest being shown by Government of India with regard to the cross border trade with Pakistan. It is hoped that the operationalization of the trade on this route will take place in October this year. Prof. Soz also thanked the Prime Minister for Government of India stipulating the condition that travel permit to passengers will necessarily be provided within six week's time and the facility for triple-entry system will also be available so that the passengers need not obtain permission again to travel within one year. Prof. Soz further thanked the Prime Minister for suggesting to Pakistan that both countries should permit group tourism, pilgrim tourism, NGOs and educational exchanges on the said routes. Prof. Soz requested the Prime Minister that Poonch-Rawlakote route must also be operationalized for trade as early as possible so that the cross LOC trade on that route receives a fillip. He explained that commodities like light engineering goods, plastics, pulses, fruits etc. can be exported from Jammu Province.