Rickety trade suspended

Rickety trade suspended

The cross LoC trade has come to a halt. The Union Home Ministry has suspended it. The trade which commenced in 2008 faced a rickety journey during the past 11 years but somehow it survived and trucks carrying goods from either sides managed to cross the LoC at Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch and Salamabad in Uri.
This barter trade was considered to be a biggest Confidence Building Measure between the two nuclear neighbors and was aimed at getting the people closer to each other.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has mainly cited “security reasons” for calling off this trade but there is more to it. New Delhi seems to have decided to corner Pakistan at every front to end the violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision to suspend the cross LoC trade has come at a time when the Lok Sabha polls are on and electorate are sealing the fate of the politicians, who would represent them in the Parliament.
Soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power in New Delhi in 2014, India’s foreign policy changed drastically. It took some hard decisions and made it clear that no talks would be held with Pakistan over the contentious issues. During the past five years things have changed drastically. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had taken a major step to diffuse the tension. He surprised everyone by landing in Pakistan and attending the wedding ceremony of the grand-daughter of then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. Just few days after PM Modi visited Pakistan, militants attacked the Pathankot airbase and proved to be a turning point. Since that day ties between both the countries are at their lowest ebb. It looks like that hostilities will never end.