Kashmir Inc Demands Resumption Of LOC Trade

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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