Cross LOC trade re­stored a day af­ter cease­fire vi­o­la­tion

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - Mir Eh­san

A CEASE­FIRE VI­O­LA­TION IN NORTH KASH­MIR’S URI AND MACHIL ON THURS­DAY HAD LEFT ONE SOL­DIER DEAD AND TWO OTH­ERS IN­JURED

SRINAGAR : A day af­ter cross LOC trade was sus­pended af­ter cease­fire vi­o­la­tion in Uri sec­tor, trade ac­tiv­i­ties were re­sumed on Fri­day, with 26 trucks leav­ing for Muzuf­farabad in Pak­istan Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (POK) and 16 trucks ar­riv­ing at the Trade Cen­tre Salam­abad in Uri.

The cease­fire vi­o­la­tion in north Kash­mir's Uri and Machil sec­tors on Thurs­day had left one sol­dier dead and two oth­ers in­jured. Both In­dian and Pak­istani Army used light ma­chine guns and shells to tar­get each other’s posts on the front line.

Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Im­tiaz Hus­sain said no cease­fire vi­o­la­tion was re­ported in Uri on Fri­day. "Of­fi­cials at Salam­abad Trade Cen­tre said 26 trucks loaded with dif­fer­ent items left in the morn­ing while 14 trucks from Muzuf­farabad ar­rived at Salam­abad. posts in Ka­malkote sec­tor on Thurs­day and a few shells landed close to a res­i­den­tial house dam­ag­ing a shed.

“When­ever there is cease­fire vi­o­la­tion on the LOC, it’s the vil­lagers liv­ing close to the LOC who get per­turbed. We have wit­nessed the de­struc­tion caused by the cross LOC fir­ing in the past. Af­ter the cease­fire be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, peace was re­stored and we pray for it to be ever­last­ing,’’zaf­far Ah­mad, a res­i­dent of Ka­malkote, said.

De­spite cease­fire vi­o­la­tions, it is the cross LOC bus ser­vice and trade which had helped in restor­ing nor­malcy in the area.

The bus ser­vice also known as Kar­van-e-aman which was started in 2005 and cross LOC trade which be­gan three years later in 2008, has been termed as the big­gest Con­fi­dence Build­ing Mea­sure be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan since the par­ti­tion.

ARMY PAYS TRIB­UTE TO JAWAN

The In­dian Army on Fri­day paid trib­ute to gun­ner Ra­jesh Ku­mar who was killed at the LOC in Machil on Thurs­day. Ku­mar had sus­tained bul­let in­juries dur­ing cease­fire vi­o­la­tion by Pak­istan in Machil sec­tor and was evac­u­ated to 92 Base Hos­pi­tal, where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

BSF BIDS ADIEU TO SOL­DIER

The Border Se­cu­rity Force on Fri­day paid their last re­spects to con­sta­ble Prosen­jit Biswas, who was killed in un­pro­voked cease­fire vi­o­la­tion by Pak­istan Army in Sun­der­bani area along the LOC in Ra­jouri dis­trict on Thurs­day.

A wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony was held at BSF Fron­tier head­quar­ters, where BSF Jammu fron­tier IG Ram Aw­tar and other se­nior of­fi­cers paid their re­spects to Biswas.

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