Azad-Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) traders returned 21 trucks of chilli and pomegranate seeds to their counterparts in Indian-administered Kashmir (IAK) saying these items were of substandard quality, says a report from across the Line of Control (LoC).
Goods worth over Rs10 million were traded through the Taitrinote-Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Rawalakot between AJK and IAK along the LoC. On Tuesday, as many as 23 trucks rolled out from Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Ranger in Poonch city of IAK to Rawalakot AJK, of these only two trucks carrying items worth Rs600,000 were allowed into Pakistan.
From AJK, 11 trucks carrying bags of almonds, dry grapes and potato crossed to other side into IAK and three potato carriers were returned due to high prices asked in return, according to the report.
Officials from both the sides monitor transportation of these goods at Taitrinite-Chakan Da Bagh crossing point twice during a day. Despite repeated attempts, no authorised official or trader engaged in trans-LoC trade were available to offer comments on the reported return of trucks from AJK carrying alleged substandard chilli and pomegranate seeds.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2012.