Jan 29, 2014, 3:29 AM
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India proposes JWG talks on Trans-LoC, CBMs with Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan 29, IRNA – India has proposed Joint Working Group (JWG) talks on Trans-LoC, CBMs with Pakistan.

'Over the last two weeks India has repeatedly emphasised to Pakistan to allow the full resumption of travel and trade across the LoC and to hold an immediate meeting of the Trade Facilitation Officers at Kaman so that both sides can exchange information with regard to the narcotic seizures that have been made.

Pakistan must also share with us information with regard to their investigations of the 'consigner” of these drugs, said Syed Akbaruddin, Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry here today.

India has also proposed to Pakistan to hold a meeting of the official level Joint Working Group on Trans-LOC CBMs in the second week of February, he said.

All ambiguities which may have arisen in the interpretation of the Standard Operating Procedures must be removed immediately–there appears to be a mistaken perception that trucks and drivers plying the trans-LoC trade route would be granted immunity from prosecution if they indulge in criminal activities.

He further said: “We regret the fact that for the sake of a drug trafficker caught red handed smuggling narcotics into India, the Pakistani authorities have continued to refuse to allow the resumption of trans-LoC travel and trade that brings great benefits to the people of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.'

Tension mounted at the Kaman post area in North Kashmir when police earlier this month detained a truck carrying 114 packets of brown sugar, valued at Rs 100 crore in international market, and arrested the driver along with two more people from Bandipore who were to receive the consignment, pti reported. In a tit-for-tat action, authorities in PoK detained 27 Indian truck drivers and demanded release of their driver.

The deadlock intensified when authorities in Kashmir were informed by the PoK about suspension of bus services on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot-Poonch sector.

While one driver has been arrested, 48 other drivers from PoK are also stranded at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre since the stand-off began last week.

The passenger bus service was started in April 2005 while the trade began in October 2008.