Cross-LoC Trade Pioneering CBM: Pak9 April 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari today described the cross-LoC trade between the two sides of Kashmir as a 'pioneering' confidence-building measure. Zardari made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation led by Qurban Hussain, a member of Britain's House of Lords. Members of the ruling PPP's Kashmir Committee also attended the meeting, an official statement said. Zardari said the cross-Line of Control trade was a 'pioneering confidence-building measure in Kashmir'. The cross-LoC trade between the divided parts of Kashmir, which is held every Tuesday and Wednesday, has been growing in volume and value and so far goods worth nearly Rs 800 crore have been exchanged since it was started on October 21, 2008. During the meeting, Zardari renewed Pakistan's commitment to the Kashmiri people in their 'just struggle for the restoration of their fundamental rights'. Matters related to the PPP's organisation and development works in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were also discussed at the meeting. Zardari said he had asked the Federal Government to take steps on priority for completing ongoing projects in PoK. He also asked PPP workers to reach out to people in far-flung areas to complement the government's efforts in addressing their problems. The members of the delegation gave several suggestions for progress on development projects, with particular emphasis on issues related to the Mangla Dam project and the reconstruction programme in areas of PoK affected by the 2005 earthquake.