Cross-LoC Trade Suspended In J&K’s Poonch After Pakistan Violates Ceasefire.

The Cross-LoC trade was suspended between the two countries on Wednesday after Pakistan’s army violated ceasefire along the Line of Control by resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms firing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Custodian of LoC trade centre, Poonch, Fareed Kohli told PTI, “Five mortar shells hit the trade facilitation centre at Chakan-da-Bagh, damaging a few sheds, including the one housing the X-ray scanner.

He said the shelling took place around 12:30 pm, when the process of scanning of the trucks was almost complete.

The main building remained safe, there were fortunately no casualties but the shelling did cause panic among those present.

Officials said the shelling started in Krishna Ghati sector around 10:30 am and later spread to Poonch sector.

In view of the shelling the cross-LoC trade was suspended for the day. The cross-LoC trade between Poonch on this side and Rawalkot in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which started in October 2018 takes place from Tuesday to Friday every week on barter system.

The strike followed the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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