Published On: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
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76 trucks held; family members in sheer distress

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CHINARI: The stand-off between the Indian and Pakistani sides seems to have worsened at the Uri cross LoC trade point. Even the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service was stalled on Monday.

This came after trade was suspended by the Pakistani side on Saturday. It demanded the release of a truck driver who was allegedly carrying 114 kg of heroin and was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Trade between Pakistan and India across the Line of Control (LoC) was suspended following the arrest of the driver accused of smuggling heroin.

Twenty-seven Indian truckers have been held on Pakistan side while 49 Pakistani trucks and their drivers were being held on Indian side of the LoC following the incident.

Last week, Jammu and Kashmir Police said it has recovered narcotics valued at over Rs.100 crore in the international market being smuggled in a truck during cross LoC trade in the Uri sector.

According to police officials, the Pakistani truck driver will be tried according to Indian law.

Trade across LoC put off after drug haul

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir seized a goods truck coming from Azad Kashmir (AJK) with 114 kg of narcotics and arrested its driver, triggering suspension of cross-LoC trade and tit-for-tat actions from both sides.

Official sources said Pakistan has taken a serious note of the arrest of driver Muhammad Shafiq Awan of Muzaffarabad, and detained 27 Kashmiri trucks that had crossed Kaman bridge on Friday to deliver goods at Chakothi trade facilitation centre in AJK.

In retaliation, Jammu and Kashmir officials did not allow 48 Pakistani trucks, which had unloaded goods at Salamabad in Uri town, to leave for Muzaffarabad. Pakistan has demanded the release of the arrested driver to let go the Indian trucks, police sources said. Pakistan claims the driver is innocent and has been implicated.

One of the driver Muhammad Amir’s father Haji Iqbal told host of journalists that he is very worried about his son and is he alive or dead.

He said that five days have passed but he has no contact with his son, I am worried, he lamented.

His wife and children are in pain and under grief and are waiting round the clock and watching the doors of the house for their missing father, he cried.

He appealed to PM Nawaz Sharif to immediately solve the matter on emergent basis.

Meanwhile Azad Kashmir 49 drivers have appealed to the UN to pay heed to their voice otherwise will protest outside their office to raise their demands in a more aggressive manner.