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Cross LoC trade standoff to end?

Posted on Feb 13 2014 | IBNS

By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Srinagar, Feb 12 : The standoff over the cross LoC trade is expected to end on Wednesday evening as the stranded drivers on both sides are likely to be allowed to return to their respective places, official sources said.

A senior official posted at the Trade Facilitation Center at Uri in north Kashmir said: "We have received a communication from the Ministry of External Affairs that the stranded drivers from this side should be allowed to return to Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) by Wednesday evening. The stranded drivers in PaK are also likely to be allowed to return to this side."

Forty-eight drivers from this side and 27 of them belonging to PaK are stranded in Salamabad and Chakoti since Jan 17 when a huge howl of brown sugar was seized from a PaK truck.

Pertinently, the police had claimed seizing of brown sugar worth over Rs. 100 Crores from a truck coming from PaK to Uri.

Police had said that it found 114 packets of brown sugar weighing almost a kilogram each, from one of the trucks that came from PaK bearing number RIS-2137 of Al- Fajar Company.

The truck on reaching Salamabad in Uri check-point, was routinely checked and the police found large number of mysterious packets in one of the almond bags.

The truck stand was cordoned and no one was allowed to move outside the premises till senior officials of police, crime branch and intelligence agencies reached the spot.

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