Cross LoC trade under scanner

Cross LoC trade under scanner
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The cross LoC trade has come under scanner once again as the Governor N N Vohra has directed the officials to verify the credentials of all the traders associated with the trade. Since the day cross LoC trade between the two Kashmirs has commenced it has hit many road blocks.
There were speculations that this trade may be called off after the narcotics and a few weapons were recovered from a Kashmir bound truck. The security agencies had recommended that this trade should be called off as its poses threat to “national security.” However the then regime led by Mehbooba Mufti prevailed upon New Delhi and ensured that the trade continues.
Governor N N Vohra, who chaired a high-level meeting to review issues relating to LoC trade and identify existing systems and procedures in the LoC trade directed the Director General of Police and Principal Secretary Industries to urgently undertake complete verification of all traders engaged in LoC trade within one month and traders who do not furnish the required documents or have doubtful antecedents should be de-registered without any delay.
The LoC traders, who in the absence of banking facilities, are carrying out this trade on barter system basis have been caught in the quagmire of uncertainty. They have been caught between devil and the deep sea. Their future is uncertain. The investigating agencies should conduct a thorough probe so that the genuine traders are not hit and they don’t get a raw deal.
The cross LoC trade is considered to be one of the most important confidence building measures and it needs to survive. Unfortunately a few politicians have politicized this CBM but now the state is being handled by the Governor Vohra he has to ensure that peace initiatives are not reversed.