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Cross-border trade not to be held hostage to minor incidents

Cross-border trade not to be held hostage to minor incidents

LAHORE: Top officials of Pakistan and India have agreed that cross-Line of Control trade should not be held hostage to minor incidents, a customs official said.

Pakistan and India have discussed the need for strengthening standard operating procedures concerning the LoC trade besides agreeing to share details of narcotics case investigation involving a Pakistani truck seized by Indian officials in January in Jammu and Kashmir, the official added.

The source said Pakistan and India agreed to take steps to improve travel and connectivity at the meeting of Pakistan India Joint Working Group on cross-LoC confidence building measures.

The source said Pakistan halted trade across the LoC on January 17 after customs and police officials in Baramulla recovered 114 packets of brown sugar worth over Rs 10 million in international market from a Pakistani truck. The truck driver was arrested and his vehicle seized. The official said Pakistan raised the issue of arrest of the driver of the seized truck.