SRINAGAR (Reuters) – India and Pakistan resumed barter trade at a border crossing in Kashmir on Tuesday, an Indian official said, but tension in the contested region continued with a general strike and more fighting between Indian security forces and separatists.
Hostilities between the nuclear-armed neighbors escalated dramatically late last month, after an Indian air strike on what it said was a militant group that carried out a suicide attack in the Pulwama district of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Feb. 14.
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Both sides, which claim Kashmir in full but rule in part, said they downed enemy jets for the first time in decades, and firing along the border became a common sight, disrupting trade and travel.
Trade across the border, known as the Line of Control (LoC), was part-suspended after repeated mortar and small arms fire at Uri, a border town where the exchange of goods takes place.
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But on Tuesday the route re-opened after firing in the region eased, said Riyaz Ahmad Malik, an official in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir. Thirty-five trucks left for Chakothi on the Pakistani side of the border with a similar number moving in the opposite direction, he said.
Trade across the LoC operates on a barter system, where no money is exchanged.
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“This trade is heavily dependent on the trust factor,” said Pawan Anand, president of a local trading association in Indian-administered Kashmir.
“We neither meet traders of Pakistan nor can check the quality of the imported goods until they reach us.”
Ashfaq - Ahmad - Trader - Srinagar - Capital
Ashfaq Ahmad, a trader in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, said that...
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