Kashmiri traders want Line of Control erased

8 June 2009
The News International
Sayed Abid Hussain

Mirpur: AJK Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Committee member Khalid Sharif has urged the need for an early liberal regime to ensure free movement of Kashmiri traders from both sides of the Line of Control to make the ongoing trans-LoC trade more vibrant. Talking to this scribe here Monday, Khalid said that the free movement of the members of the business community from both sides of LoC was imperative for the promotion of trade between both sides of Kashmir. He also suggested swift issuance of the multiple entry travel documents in shape of special travel passes valid for at least a few years to traders on the recommendations of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry on both sides of the LoC in Jammu & Kashmir. He also urged the need to allow traders to travel between both sides of Kashmir in their private vehicles. Trucks of 20 to 30 tonnes capacity should be allowed to ply for cross-LoC trade from both sides by removing the existing conditions of the use of the truck loaded with 1.5 tonnes of goods. The existing dilapidated suspension bridge named Peace Bridge on the line of control at Chakothi-Uri entry point should immediately be replaced with a concrete-made wide bridge, he demanded. Kashmiri business community on both the sides of the LOC was seeking exchange of local items having marketing potential.