New Delhi – Government of India has suspend the trade across the Line of Control border of Jammu and Kashmir after getting reports of misuse of it. According to the information routes are being use for trading the illegal elements as narcotics, weapons and fake currency from Pakistan.
The trade through two facilitation centres at Salambad, Uri, and Chhakkan-da-Bagh, Poonch, that takes place on four days a week and based on barter system and zero-duty basis meant to facilitate exchange of goods of common use between local population across the LoC in the state.
Home Ministry reports claims that the routes are being misuse at very large scale. Changing character of third parties trade and products from other regions makes it suspicious to suspend as foreneiger trader are also taking benefit of these routes.
“Unscrupulous and anti-national elements are using the route as a conduit for Hawala money, drugs and weapons, under the garb of this trade,” an official release said. NIA investing certain cases find that a significant number of trading concerns engaged in LoC trade are being operated by persons closely associated with banned terrorist organisations involved in fuelling terrorism/separatism.
Moreover, some cases lead to clarification that some people joined militant organisation, who have crossed the LoC to Pakistan have open their trading companies, which are getting operated by the militant organisations. After the Pulwama incident, the Government of India withdrew the MFN status to Pakistan. Inputs have also been received that in order to evade the consequent higher duty, LoC trade is likely to be misused to a greater extent.