(PFP News) : The normalcy has started returning on the Line of Control in Kashmir after a few weeks of tensions and media-mongering as cross-border trade and bus service between India and Pakistan is resuming in Poonch sector on Monday (today).
This has happened after more than a fortnight-long suspension of normal ties between India and Pakistan following escalation of tension at Line of Control.
"Cross-LoC bus service and trade would resume from January 28 along Chakan-da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district," said Minister of State for Industries and Commerce Sajjad Kitchloo.
Pakistani authorities had conveyed yesterday to the Indian side their willingness to resume trade and bus service along the borderline in Poonch, he said.
Kitchloo expressed the hope that trade across the LoC would increase.
Cross-LoC trade and travel, described as key confidence building measures, were suspended after escalation of tension between the two countries along LoC after two Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops on January 8.
One of the soldiers Hemraj was beheaded by Pakistani army regulars. Pakistan army had on January 11 refused to open the gates for allowing cross-LoC trade at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district resulting in stranding of 25 J-K trucks carrying goods mostly vegetables for traders in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).
Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point was started in 2006 to facilitate easier trade and travel between divided families of Jammu and Kashmir and PaK. Cross-LoC trade and travel are considered as major confidence building exercises between India and Pakistan.