Indian traders stunned as Pak stops entry of trucks

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 19:40 hrs

Poonch: Traders here on Thursday termed Pakistan's move not to allow Indian trucks to cross the Line of Control (LoC) as extremely shameful.

The Indian traders were stunned as Pakistan refused to open its trade doors at border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir amid escalating tension between the two Asian neighbours following ceasefire violation.

"It is a matter of great shame that no trade occurred today unlike yesterday. Over the past 2-3 weeks, trade was gaining strength. We took trade and border incident differently and continued trade. We should have shown resentment by withdrawing trade ties, but this has happened from the Pakistan side," said Pawan Lal, a trader here.

" This is a shameful incident as at least eight to ten of our trucks laden with goods worth rupees 1.25 crores were not allowed to enter Pakistan territory. It is a very big loss and jolt for the country," he added.

Cross-border trade was impacted as Pakistan refused to allow 25 trucks from India to cross the Line of Control in the Poonch district and enter a designated trade centre in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

At least 21 items, mainly agricultural produce, are bartered every week between the two sides.

Pakistan has denied India's claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district on Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid yesterday said that Pakistan's High Commissioner has been told in very strong terms that the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops is 'unacceptable', and added that it will have an adverse impact if it is not immediately contained.

In a major escalation to the ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts, a group of Pakistan Army soldiers raided across the Line of Control in Mendhar sector and killed two Indian soldiers and injured one more. The Pakistani troops attacked an area domination patrol party of the Indian Army.

Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were the two Indian soldiers killed brutally by the Pakistani troops.

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