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India, Pakistan set to start cross-LoC trade

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | September 24, 2008 01:13 IST

Arrangements for initiating trade across Line of Control [Images] and its infrastructural logistics are being given final touches ahead of a formal announcement expected following the meeting between the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

The two sides had agreed to start cross-LoC trade at the meeting of the joint working group on confidence building measures via Uri-Muzaffarabad road and Poonch-Rawalakote routes.

The Kargil-Skardu route is to be added later to the list.

Cross-LoC trade is regarded as a major CBM in the bilateral relations of the two neighbouring countries.

Reviewing the measures at a high level meeting in Srinagar [Images] on Tuesday evening, state Governor N N Vohra observed that arrangements would be ready on Uri-Muzaffarabad route by October 15 and on Poonch-Rawalakote route by the end of October.

The joint working group has short-listed the items for trade between the two sides, which will be finalised in consultation with the respective governments.

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