JAMMU: After remaining suspended for nearly four months, cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade between Indian held Kashmir and Azad Jammu and Kashmir via Poonch-Rawalkote road is expected to resume next week, a government official informed. The decision to resume the suspended travel and trade was taken at a meeting between officials of the two sides near the LoC on Friday, custodian of LoC trade (Poonch), Mohammad Tanveer told Kashmiri media.
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have sought a meeting with their counterparts from Azad Kashmir to discuss the modalities for resumption of the cross-LoC travel and trade, which was disrupted due to cross-border shelling. While the bus service connecting the divided parts of Kashmir was suspended on July 10, the trade, which takes place four days a week beginning Tuesday, also remains suspended since July 11. According to official figures, goods worth Rs 1,500 crore have been traded since the start of the facility in 2008.