J-K Traders Refuse PoK Items, Trade Suspended

28 December 2009
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Traders in Jammu and Kashmir have refused to accept any trade item from the other side of the border, following a ban on export of moong dal from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). As a result, the cross LoC-trade on both the routes - Poonch-Rawalakote and Uri-Muzaffarabad - has been suspended for the week, official sources said. Trade officials on both sides of Poonch-Rawalakote route held a meeting at the Zero Line on the crossing point at LoC in Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch on Monday. The talks, however, remained inconclusive, sources said. The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Matloof Khan and Deputy Designate Authority of PoK at Hazira, Mohammad Aslam Qayoom. Sources said that the meeting continued for about half an hour but the trade authorities from both the sides could not reach an agreement. Matloof Khan, representing the Indian trade authorities at the meeting, said, We have apprised the PoK trade authorities about the Indian traders’ anguish over the ban on export of moong dal from PoK. They have said that it is up to the government on the other side to take a decision on revoking the ban on export of moong dal.” “Indian traders have told us that they are not benefiting from the import of rice, almonds and other items from PoK, as they are of substandard quality. PoK rice and almonds are being sold at prices lower than the purchase rates. Traders of our side have told us that they are in fact incurring losses than making any profit from the PoK rice and almonds,” Khan added.