Cross-LoC trade remains suspended in Poonch

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/15/2019 12:14:41 PM

POONCH, Mar 14: The cross-LoC trade between Poonch-Rawalakot remained suspended for the second day on Thursday even as there was no report of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control in entire Jammu region.
It was suspended after six mortar shells hit the cross-LoC facilitation centre at Chakkan-da-Bagh in Poonch district on Wednesday at around 12.30 PM, when the process of scanning of trucks was almost complete. Though there were no casualties in the shelling, several sheds including the one housing the X-Ray scanner besides old Custodian building, were damaged.
“The trade remained suspended for the second day and is likely to be resumed tomorrow (Friday),” custodian of LoC trade centre, Poonch, Fareed Kohli said.
The cross-LoC trade between Poonch on this side and Rawalakot in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, which started in October 2008, takes place four days a week from Tuesday to Friday on barter system.
The Indian army had retaliated to the firing from Pakistan on Wednesday. “There has been no report of ceasefire violation from anywhere along the LoC since late Wednesday afternoon,” an army official said.
He said the Indian army was fully alert and maintaining tight vigil along the LoC and the International Border.
There has been a spurt in cross-border skirmishes after India’s pre-emptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26.
The strike followed the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

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