SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCC&I) Friday called for immediate resumption of trade across the LOC and said the matter should not by left to the wisdom and compulsions of the lower rung officers
In a statement issued here KCCI said the matter should be taken up seriously at higher decision making level and the Chambers of Commerce from both the sides of the LOC should be made a part of the teams that are working out the resolution of the crises.
Considering the implications of stalling the entire trade activity for a stray case of drug trafficking , the KCCI said it feels obliged to ring the bell of caution for the concerned authorities to wake up and see the issue in right perspective so as to resume the LOC trade activity without waste of more time in the larger interest.
The statement issued by KCCI president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the that the LOC trade was not only measure for selling and buying of commodities and benefitting any particular group or individual but it has been a long desired step taken by the two countries, who had been seeing each other only with fear and inexplicable doubts for nearly 60 years.
KCCI said that while the two countries instantly go for flag meetings in case of firing on the LoC, but in this case, innocent truck drivers are held up and stranded on either side of LOC by the respective authorities
The truck drivers are held up and starved aimlessly causing hardship and immense desperation to their families, Ashiq said.
Expressing disappointment and resentment against the callous ineptitude shown towards handling the issue by leaving the matter be officers of lower ranks, KCCI said the delay in setting the issues will lead to loss of gained ground on peace building and create further mistrust and unrest among the people of Kashmir.
Ashiq stressed the need for evolving a suitable mechanism to ensure smooth run of LOC trade asked the J&K Government to play effective role in having the suspended LOC Trade resumed.
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