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India, Pakistan set to start cross-LoC trade

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
September 24, 2008 01:13 IST
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Arrangements for initiating trade across Line of Control and its infrastructural logistics are being given final touches ahead of a formal announcement expected following the meeting between the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

The two sides had agreed to start cross-LoC trade at the meeting of the joint working group on confidence building measures via Uri-Muzaffarabad road and Poonch-Rawalakote routes.

The Kargil-Skardu route is to be added later to the list.

Cross-LoC trade is regarded as a major CBM in the bilateral relations of the two neighbouring countries.

Reviewing the measures at a high level meeting in Srinagar on Tuesday evening, state Governor N N Vohra observed that arrangements would be ready on Uri-Muzaffarabad route by October 15 and on Poonch-Rawalakote route by the end of October.

The joint working group has short-listed the items for trade between the two sides, which will be finalised in consultation with the respective governments.

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