Rally demands resumption of trade and travel across LoC

ISLAMABAD, October 25: Traders along with dozens of civil society activists staged a rally in bordering Hajira town on Wednesday to demand the resumption of trade and travel activities across the Line of Control (LoC) Tetrinote-Chakan da Bagh crossing point, which—according to them—were suspended on July 7, following intense cross-LoC shelling.

Participants of “peace ralley” marched through the Hajira town—which is hardly 12 km from the Tetrinote-Chakan da Bagh crossing point. They were chanting different slogans raising their demands such as, “Resume travel and trade [for] peace; Travel for peace; Trade for peace,” They also carried white flags, banners placards with slogan inscribed; “Bring peace, save lives,” a placard read.

Speaking on the occasion, cross-LoC traders’ union president Sardar Kazeem Khan stressed that trade and travel across the LoC must be resumed at the earliest because they guaranteed peace.

Sardar Kazeem said that there have been several round of talk between authorities on both side to facilitate the resumption of the trade and authorities agreed to take initiative but the same time there happens another incident of firing everything vanishes.

According to Kazeem , traders from Pakistan administered Kashmir side has suffered more during the months of trade blocked as almost Rs2 billion trade items had got stuck due to the suspension of barter trade. Apart from that, they said, the suspension had also rendered hundreds of people associated with this activity workless.

Kazeem said that, there have been many rounds of discussions between traders with political leadership, officials and other stakeholders but nothing resulted positive. Those who address the rally included Hajira bar association president Javed Chaudhry Advocate, Sardar Waheed Anwer Waheed, Choudhary Waqar, Sardar Insar, Hamid Raza Hashmi, Syed Taufeeq Kazmi and Malik Alyas, among others.

Many passengers who had crossed the LoC from Tettrinote-Chkanda-bagh crossing point remained stranded on both sides and later repatriated from Chakothi-Slamabad crossing point on Aug 7, according to reports.



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