LoC Trade, Travel Expansion in CMP: Akhtar

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Srinagar:  Reacting to union home ministry’s statement wherein it denied expanding cross LoC trade and travel, PDP Friday said expanding cross LoC trade is a part of the Common Minimum Program with the BJP.

PDP senior leader and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said focus area of the PDP is to lift the siege over  the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is the result of the unfortunate developments following independence.

“We will continue to work for it,” Akhtar said.

Pertinently, reports said that  in response to question by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti as to whether the Centre intends to facilitate or expand travel of people through the LoC, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs— in a written reply to the question— has said no such proposal was on table.

The Common Minimum Program between PDP and BJP over the formation of the government in Jammu and Kashmir after state elections of 2014 emphasized  the facilitation of the cross LoC trade and travel.

The ‘Agenda of Alliance’ between the two parties mentions that the coalition government will seek to support and strengthen the approach and initiatives taken by the government to create a reconciliatory environment and build stakes for all in the peace and development within the subcontinent.

The same will be pursued by taking confidence building measures such as, enhancing people to people contact on both sides of the LoC, encouraging civil society exchanges, travel, commerce, trade and business across the LoC and opening new routes across all three regions to enhance connectivity.

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