Traders and politicians in Kashmir have
criticised the government over the sudden suspension of Cross-Line of Control (LoC)
trade with Pakistan.
The Indian government had recently suspended the
Cross-LoC trade citing a) illegal trade of U.S.-origin California almonds, b) funnelling
of counterfeit currency, and c) funding and promotion of terror groups and
anti-India operations though the trade.
The Line of Control (LoC) is 740km long
India-Pakistan border which runs from parts of Jammu to parts of Leh.
Cross-LoC trade was started in 2008 by setting
up two Trade Facilitation Centres located at Uri’s Salamabad in Baramulla, and
Chakkan-da-Bagh in Poonch. The trade took place four days a week. It was based
on barter system and zero duty basis.