Let LoC trade flourish: Kashmir’s Civil Society

RINAGAR: After brown sugar worth Rs 114 Crores was seized during cross LoC trade on Friday, the civil society members on Saturday demanded the installation of fully equipped truck scanners at trade facilitation centre.

The civil society members also asked the authorities not to allow the incident to create an impediment in trade between the divided parts of the state.

Civil society activist Shaqeel Qalandar told KNS that the system guarded with latest machinery must be utilized so that the entry of harmful entities could be halted at large. He stated further that the recent incident must not become the reason that the trade could get affected between both sides. “Let there be latest truck scanners so that such incidents could not be repeated in future. We believe that trade will continue between both sides with vigor and zeal.”

Writer and Noted Columnist Professor Sheikh Showkat Hussian who teaches international Law at Central University of Kashmir (CUK) while demanding that the there must not be an barrier and the free movement of goods and people must be initiated at earliest, stated that the recent incident of brown sugar recovery at LOC could be a concocted action in view of the high level trade talks between the trade ministers of both countries Anand Sharma and Khuram Dastigeer.

Noted columnist and civil society member Hamedah Nayeem while stating that there are many thinks here that are being fabricated to serve the vested interests. “Suppose the brown sugar was seized but this must not affect the trade. There are such incidents taking place in other parts of the world but that cannot be then reason to halt trade between the countries.”

She further stated that the fully equipped system must be installed so that the harmful entities could be halted.”Trade must continue. We must strive for this as the same is not a trade alone but a symbolic action.” 

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