Cross-LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) resumed today via the Poonch-Rawalakot road after remaining suspended for nearly four months, a government official said.
The resumption brought much relief to the traders as the loss for the suspended period was pegged at Rs 81 crore.
Heavy Pakistani shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district forced suspension of trade and travel between the two sides in July.
The cross-LoC bus service, poetically named Paigam-e-Aman ('Message of Peace'), resumed operations yesterday.
There was no ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district for the past fortnight. The resumption of trade and travel followed a meeting between the civilian officials from both sides on Friday last.
"One truck carrying goods from this side left Poonch for the trade facilitation centre at Chakan Da Bagh this morning, while two trucks came from across the LoC, marking the resumption of trade between the two sides after 17 weeks' suspension," Custodian of LoC trade (Poonch), Mohammad Tanveer told
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