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LoC trade comes to halt following ceasefire violation in

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The movement of goods between the traders of and PoK came to halt today in the wake of mortar shelling and firing by on posts in Poonch district of the state, particularly Chakan-Da-Bagh based Trade facilitation Centre.

Guns fell silent today after the two-day long intermittent ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, which resorted to shelling of 82 mm mortar bombs and firing by small and automatic weapons on army posts and civilian areas in Poonch district, forcing army troops give befitting reply on Sunday and Monday.

"There was no firing and shelling today. Silence prevailed along LoC," an army officer said.

"The trade between and has come to halt following ceasefire violation. There was no trade today," a senior police officer said.

On the side, trucks carrying goods and fruits reached the crossing point on Poonch-Rawalakote road between and Occupied Kashmir but the doors of the gate were not opened from other side and there was no response from side.

"Trucks loaded with material from Poonch side reached point, side did not respond," an officer of cross-trade said, adding that the trucks returned back following no response from that side.

The trade is unlikely to take place tomorrow too.

Cross travel between Poonch-Rawalakote was suspended yesterday following heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in Poonch, particularly on Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) in Chakan Da Bagh, which suffered damage in the shelling by troops.

Over 20 trucks from each side are allowed to cross the everyday as part of the trade which takes place between the two sides on barter system for four days a week between Tuesday-Friday.

As a precautionary measure, middle schools along in some areas remained closed.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 01:02 IST