MUZAFFARABAD: The intra-Kashmir trade through the two crossing points on the Line of Control (LoC) may meet a tragic fate as Indian officials have refused to accept items which they allege are not from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

On Aug 29, Indian authorities at their trade facilitation centre in Salamabad, on the other side of Chakothi, returned two trucks from AJK carrying mangoes, saying that the produce belonged to Pakistan, and not Azad Kashmir.

The decision caused anger not only here but also among traders on the India-held side. They went on a strike on Sept 3, saying the standard operating procedure (SOP) had no mention of the origin of a product.

The same day, Indian officials conveyed to their counterparts in AJK that trade could not be carried on for some time because the traders on their side had gone on a strike.

On Wednesday, the AJK Trade and Travel Authority (Tata), which deals with intra-Kashmir trade and travel, sent a written request to officials on the other side for a meeting at the Kaman Bridge on Monday to sort out the issue.

On Monday, Tata Director General retired Brig Mohammad Ismail himself went to the crossing point at 10.30am, but no one turned up from the other side.

In the afternoon, Ehsanul Haq, custodian of intra-Kashmir trade at the Salamabad centre, met Azad Kashmir’s Trade Facilitation Officer Basharat Iqbal and handed him a copy of a ‘notification’ from India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs, stating that the goods which had their origin in Pakistan, and not in AJK, could not be allowed to be traded across the LoC.

Talking to Dawn, Brig Ismail said he was disappointed by the attitude of the Indian government as it was returning even those goods which both sides had included in the list of 21 tradable items.

He said everybody knew that the two parts of Kashmir were not producing most of those items in bulk and they were coming from India and Pakistan.

“But while imposing restrictions on us, they want us to accept whatever they send from there,” he said.

The DG said that since the trade was on a barter basis, it could hardly be carried forward with such an attitude by the Indian authorities.

“Returning trucks laden with fresh fruit and vegetables simply means inflicting huge losses on traders from this side,” he said, adding that the AJK authorities had never returned a single truck from the other side.

He said the events unfolding over the past few weeks suggested that the Indian government was looking for excuses to shut down this activity.

“We want this trade to continue, but on the basis of equality and mutual understanding.”

The trade across the Line of Control is conducted four days a week — from Tuesday to Friday.

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Comments (96)

September 17, 2013 6:01 am

If you want to continue the trade then follow/apply the rule while sending/accepting the goods. Don't try to cheat!

September 17, 2013 6:15 am

Very well done India, we shameless Pakistanis happily buy Indian pineapples & coconuts "grown in the Kashmir valley" comming in through the Kashmir trade in the shops in Islamabad. Is'nt it high time that our Government also stops trade of Indian non-valley produce ?

September 17, 2013 7:03 am

Such an action requires a tit-for-tat response. I know its easy for me to say, but respect should be foremost than anything else.

Salman khan
September 17, 2013 8:42 am

Pakistanis are wasting their time with indians.

dr vimal raina
September 17, 2013 10:05 am

Never trust mangoes from Pakistan. They can always blow up aka Zia ul haq, more so when they cross LOC.

September 17, 2013 11:53 am

The mangoes look gorgeous. I wish I were there at the border when they were returned. I being a glutton of mangoes, would have stolen them from both Indian and Pakistani traders and Govts and taken them to my home!

September 17, 2013 12:15 pm

I guess the Indians just don't want peace then if they still harbour such mistrust about Pakistan.

September 17, 2013 12:30 pm

@dr vimal raina: Never trust anything from India specially their doctors (PhD or medical) like dr vimal raina because such is their I.Q.

September 17, 2013 12:34 pm

we are not going to play mango mango.

September 17, 2013 1:46 pm

......and you expected anything different from the Indian government?! We really haven't learnt from history.

A Pakistani
September 17, 2013 3:03 pm

This is the true face of Government of India, NOT PEOPLE OF INDIA. Government of Pakistan should adopt a graceful approach for dealing with the Governments of India.

September 17, 2013 4:12 pm

@Gautham: good one!.wish every one had the same thought as yours. But i guess its liberty of expression of thoughts in pakistan also. And what to talk of mangoes ? compare the conditions of hindus in pakistan to that of muslims in india, enlightenment would be yours. Its better if we talk peace than fighting on irrelevant matters.And azad kashmir is supposed to be independent so why would pakistan try controlling it?

September 17, 2013 4:17 pm

@Striver: what is there to learned from history?have we returned your bananas in past?

September 17, 2013 4:26 pm

When there is no goodwill from both sides, trading between the two nations should stop. Stop the hypocrisy.

September 17, 2013 4:31 pm

And they tell us it's Pakistan that doesn't want peace!

"Baghal me churi mun mei ram ram"

September 17, 2013 4:59 pm

Send those mangoes to USA -- we will buy them. Petty Indians.

September 17, 2013 5:33 pm

This problem of misreading trading terms would have disappeared , had Pakistan granted Most Favoured Nation status to India long time ago when India gave such a status to Pakistan.,

Why is it Not Pakistani problem?

September 17, 2013 6:00 pm

Yeh dil "mango" no more!

September 17, 2013 5:59 pm

We don't need Pakistani Mangoes.We Indian have mango substitutes!!!slice

September 17, 2013 6:02 pm

This is so silly - I cannot believe that it's in the 'Highlights' section of the Dawn. And I cannot believe India is being so silly about where these mangoes were grown. That too for two truckloads, which will not make any sizable difference to the lives of Indians or Pakistanis or Kashmiris. If India could channel this energy into all the gold being smuggled into the country, it would at least pay off.

September 17, 2013 6:13 pm

Can we just stick to the rules already agreed by both parties ? That would be most confidence building and trade enhancing measure. Once both parties build sufficient confidence, then items for which both parties agree can be introduced in to the list.

September 17, 2013 6:22 pm

this shoultd not be happened....... we have to trade more for gud relations

September 17, 2013 7:09 pm

Send onions mangoes are abundantly available in India, their is shortage of Onions.......

September 17, 2013 7:11 pm

@Rana: We need those Mangos. Looks deli..

September 17, 2013 7:52 pm

Kashmir crossing is to increase trade between two parts of Kashmir. So that they can trade with each other even when they are parts of different countries. That is why Wagah is the place from where India and Pak can do business. Indian side is right on this. I am sure origin of item should be mentioned, however Pak officials may be interested in concealing this information, just to prove Kashmiris, how bad Indians are.

September 17, 2013 8:05 pm

Very Strange decision. It is not applicable in rest of the country. Just today, I had a mango juice in Delhi made from Pakistani mangoes.

September 17, 2013 8:11 pm

Send mangoes to Canada. You will get triple the price. Indians don't deserve this quality mangoes.

September 17, 2013 8:17 pm

@Cool: I think the good Dr. was just sarcastic. Little humour doesn't hurt anyone. Please.

September 17, 2013 9:10 pm

Pakistani mangoes are one of the best gifts that nature has offered to the people of this planet. I feel sorry for the Indians. They simply do not know what they have missed.

September 17, 2013 9:54 pm

Pakistan must win India's trust, which it has lost. Pakistan wants trade with India on one hand exporting mangoes, while it back stabs India by exporting terrorists. Pakistan has no clear vision, which is not only causing problem to neighbors, but also itself. A good relation with India is a must if Pakistan wants to prosper.

September 17, 2013 10:04 pm

@Rana: You think? Quaid-e-Azam realized that a 100 year ago in 1913 when he joined All India Muslim League.

September 17, 2013 10:01 pm

You can return Pakistani Mangoes, but there is no way we are returning Sania Mirza to India

September 17, 2013 10:30 pm

World is trading super computers, electric cars, advance technologies in science and research and we can't trade masoom mangoes :) How about we shoot mangoes in place of bullets at each other? Whoever catches gets to eat them. Yummy

Shyam Kokku
September 17, 2013 10:31 pm

I only hope the governments / traders on both sides make sure of proper documentation before shipping agricultural produce... finally it is the poor farmer who suffers a loss and it is not fair at all!

September 17, 2013 11:45 pm

@AHA: Wish you can taste some of the mangoes from Andhra and not the ones from North India alone. Wish we had peace so we can send you a box of it. Obviously there are more verities of mangoes in India than Pak. Odds this side of the border has better tasting ones too

zia khan
September 18, 2013 12:30 am

Indians don't deserve this fruit from paradise. We should be sending them sungharas which match their complexion.

Aam Aadmi
September 18, 2013 1:37 am

@AHA: hahahah what nonsense ? i have never seen pakistani better than indian mangoes fact they taste less sweeter than indian mangoes .. besides world over - in US n UK n europe n middleast its the indian mangoes that are preferred although its more costlier than pakistani mangoes !

Peace seeker
September 18, 2013 2:10 am

This lack of trust is causing the opportunity loss of billions of usd. Why can't we be just humans then indians or pakistanies.

Shahzad Akhund
September 18, 2013 3:35 am

Reminds me of a senior clerk in the office of AGPR, asking a retired teacher, sitting right in front of him, to produce 'the required medical certificate', to prove that he was alive during a certain period in the past. The feeble old retired teacher had to travel from a small village to Karachi to collect his unpaid pension. God bless the 'lakeer key faqeer'.

September 18, 2013 4:12 am

I wish to know Zaid Hamid's view on mangoes!

IKE Khan
September 18, 2013 5:18 am

I don't understand as to what is the fuss? They do not want Mangoes, then do not send. We do not want their stuff then do not receive. Any trader who wants to trade with India or Indian trader with Pakistan must know the risk. The Governments have their own agenda which maybe different than the traders and even the people.

Ashish Jain
September 18, 2013 7:17 am

@Abbas: Awesome comment Abbas.. you should write more.

September 18, 2013 7:17 am

Good for Pak consumers. Enjoy my friends, I wish I could my hands on a few of them. Way to go Indian officials. Maybe there was no check under the table this time.

Yusuf Raza
September 18, 2013 8:33 am

Well more for Pakistan!!

Mango diplomacy anyone?

September 18, 2013 9:29 am

@A Pakistani: My friend, I think you forget about what happened to Gen. Zia. He was traveling in C-130 Hercules transport plane. The plane exploded because the villain was mango crates in the plane. refresh your memory

September 18, 2013 9:46 am

I don't understand this: there is a policy of allowing trade in only Kashmir-made goods via that border post. So violating it openly is acceptable? I think we shouldn't rush to judge the Indian government on this.

September 18, 2013 10:26 am

@AHA: Why should Indians be eager to taste Pakistani mangoes?

Satyameva Jayate
September 18, 2013 10:39 am

Before laughing at or being angered with India, ask why does not Pakistan allow cross-trade of ALL ITEMS through WAGAH Border?

September 18, 2013 11:50 am

@Gautham: Share with thy neighbour Gautham. I would have happily accepted your invitation to join you in gobbling the mangoes. They are a God's gift to mankind.

September 18, 2013 12:02 pm

hi bros very sad news it is...i am an indian and i feel very sorry to my pakistani friends you should understand the nature of congress party they are opportunist we are waiting our new prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi he is best businessman and i'm sure he will do his best to promote peace and business across the country personal problems should be apart from the business

September 18, 2013 12:23 pm

refused mangoes oho!!!

September 18, 2013 12:28 pm

@Abbas: hillarious, thumbs up bro.

September 18, 2013 1:14 pm

You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade. We have to trade not only the Goods. Also our cultural heritage... so have so much in common but not the common sense

September 18, 2013 2:48 pm

sir, very strange.attitude.two truck loads could have been accepted,it would reduce tension between two brotherly countries. any way manmohan singh andnawaz sharif would be meeting soon. they should discuss this point also.

September 18, 2013 3:08 pm

This is so silly - I cannot believe that it's in the 'Highlights' section of the Dawn. And I cannot believe India is being so silly about where these mangoes were grown. That too for two truckloads, which will not make any sizable difference to the lives of Indians or Pakistanis or Kashmiris. If India could channel this energy into all the gold being smuggled into the country, it would at least pay off.

September 18, 2013 3:15 pm

indians are not reliable, keep in mind they can;t be friend of muslims

September 18, 2013 3:59 pm


What has adhering to trade agreements got to do with wanting or not wanting peace?

"Bagal mein Pakistani aam, muh mein AJK aam" :)

Tariq, Lahore
September 18, 2013 4:21 pm

Indians have refused Pakistani mangoes simply because Pakistani mangoes will put Indian mangoes in poor light. Pakistani mangoes are simply far superior just like our Pakistani Bastmati rice. Simply no contest!

September 18, 2013 4:56 pm

@AHA: But Pakistani mangoes are expensive and there is a danger of bringing pests unless they are radiated.

September 18, 2013 5:00 pm

@Abbas: Good idea.

September 18, 2013 5:03 pm

Why barter system in LOC? Why can't it be normal trade. It was Pakistan insisting on only local trade and violating it.

September 18, 2013 5:36 pm

@indian: well if u have ever read politics Subject then u should know tht after gaining some power or "chair" we have to leave our own idea behind and have to cary stuff from where the previous one have left.... As u can see the example of Obama he is doing the same thing wot bush have done... So I just want to say that U should not expect any betterment in pak-india relation because the agencies will not let the leaders to do that or leaders in their heart would not want to do to make border peace....

Dr. Asad Sadick
September 18, 2013 5:45 pm

India is paranoid when it comes to Pakistan or pakistani products. Time they changed their mind-set.

deepak khanna
September 18, 2013 6:26 pm

send me mangoes to chicago i will love it

deepak khanna
September 18, 2013 6:30 pm

bring those mangoes to chicago we are fed up with eating maxican mangoes.

September 18, 2013 6:52 pm

@Asad: So you are saying that returning mangoes tantamounts to rejecting peace.( Not that I agree with that action). When Indian Govt says that Pakistani Govt does not want peace, they are not thinking about Mango exports ; They are thinking about Terrorist exports.

September 18, 2013 8:05 pm

@indian: I am with you Sir, i am USA citizen born in Pak though but i feel like my heritage and roots are in India Hyderabad Deccan. Any way you are absolutely right. by the way i like mangoes they can send to me :-)

September 18, 2013 8:52 pm

Boss, you got to send it to the right address. Our postmen are very particular about the address ;-)

September 18, 2013 8:50 pm

This is what happens if you send it to people who don't like Mangoes. I would loved to have that truck load of Mangoes ;-)

September 18, 2013 8:54 pm

What we wanted was Onion not Mango ;-) We wouldn't have returned Onions :-)

September 18, 2013 10:50 pm

@Salman khan: If you were right then Pakistan Govt would never try the engagement.

September 18, 2013 10:52 pm

@Saad(DXB): Ha ha, and we Adnan.

September 18, 2013 10:57 pm

@Tamilslvan: India is a bigger country, so more vareity.

September 18, 2013 10:54 pm

@Abbas: Thats funny too, but yes fruits shouldn't get wasted by red tape rules.

September 18, 2013 11:07 pm

@indian: The issue is about mangoes . Stick to the point.

zia khan
September 19, 2013 12:47 am

Indians would have gladly accepted these mangoes if the exporters had declared them as onions.

zia khan
September 19, 2013 12:57 am

@indian: Narendra Modi isw an extremist. He should be tried in the international court of justice for crimes against humanity. He has blood on his hands from the carnage in Gujarat and will take India backwards. On the other hand, what choices India has when congress has given free hand to mafia for corruption?

September 19, 2013 2:27 am

@Striver: Modi isn't any angel. Whole worlds knows about him.

September 19, 2013 3:30 am

Imagine this - you walk into a Walmart or Kohls - you find one rack full of T-shorts made in India, another full of T-shirts made in Pakistan and a third rack full of T-shorts made in Bangladesh. Now, which one would you buy, if it were possible? How many Indians or Indian Americans would buy a Pakistan made T-shirt if it were nothing special? Or how many Pakistanis or Pakistani Americans would buy an Indian made garment, if it were just about the same in quality and nothing special? Now why is that?

Thisis Irony
September 19, 2013 6:13 am

@Imran : What about Indian muslims..

September 19, 2013 10:26 am

@Tariq, Lahore: Exactly. Like Pakistan's educational system, economy, industry, army, religion, future growth is superior to India's. Oh, also the Burqas and terrorism training which is superior to the rest of the world.

September 19, 2013 10:27 am

@Imran : Forget India, nobody can and is not.

September 19, 2013 10:46 am

@Asad: The "Ram, Ram" is a prayer begging god to protect us and the churi is a sad substitute for a weapon.

A K Tiwari
September 19, 2013 11:07 am

Mango season is long over in India. Now we need only Onions from Pakistan.

September 19, 2013 1:52 pm

@khanm: so true !!!! fully agree !!

September 19, 2013 1:50 pm

@Saad(DXB): Please don't ! and please take Veena Malik back as well !! :-)

September 19, 2013 2:31 pm

60 comments regarding mangoes.... nuthin better to do

R Sharma
September 19, 2013 3:01 pm

No wonder they didnt have Maaza at the restaurant last week...

September 19, 2013 8:44 pm

@deepak khanna: Pakistan sent an aircraft full of mangoes to Chicago last year....the US authorties said they had to be irridiated in USA even if they had gone through the same procedure in Pakistan. That bought the price of those mangoes to very high levels not possible to sell. They were undoubtedly the best mangoes I had ever had in my life. I can guarantee you that Pakistan produces the best mangoes in the world....only problem is USA and other countries want to supply to the third world all that they can through NAFTA and WTO etc but dont want to accept anything in return even if it mean having their citizens go without the best produce in the world !

K Sridhar
September 19, 2013 10:09 pm

@zia khan: Congress give free hands to maulavi's, in turn they forced kids to go only madrasa's, i have seen this personally, Only muslim women in india don't have law on their side compared to omen, Just because of congress

Zobia Khan
September 19, 2013 11:03 pm

Unbelievable! Here we have to endure mangoes from mexico, and there they are returning mangoes from Pakistan??? are they nuts! I would pay top dollar for a Sindhri or a Langra or a Rathol.

BTW what happened to the mangoes that were sent back? Ebay anyone?

September 19, 2013 11:15 pm

@zia khan: Hmmm. What about the CM and PM during Gojra riots or any of the endless carnage all over. What about the officially sanctioned, constitutional boycott and silence on some communities like Ismailis and Ahmadiyyas. Did any CMs or PMs take responsibility for that. Modi has been exonerated by endless supreme court SITs. He has proven to be the architect of corruption-free engines of growth and development in his state and with inclusive development of all communities. Here is a leader in the mould of Sardar Patel - enough said!

September 20, 2013 12:15 am

@A K Tiwari: That's exactly why India should be importing more mangoes from Pakistan. However, there is no need to be either sarcastic or selfish here. Terms should be: EQUALITY, JUSTICE & FAIRPLAY!

Tariq, Lahore
September 20, 2013 12:28 am

@Vikram: Place the Pakistani mango where your mouth is, then you will appreciate the difference. Oh, the topic is mangoes not the infrastructure of Pakistan I am well versed with that.

Lakhkar Khan
September 20, 2013 12:48 am

What a waste of good mangoes. Anyone rejects something like this should be charged with a capital offense.

September 20, 2013 3:01 am

Very poor and deliberately inflammatory reporting unworthy of DAWN. Refer to "Economic Times", India, which reports Pakistani mangoes on sale in Delhi, and quotes their price vis-a-vis Indian varieties. Therefore, Pakistani mangoes do enter India, perhaps via the International Border. The nuance missed by many is the word "Line of Control"; separate rules might apply there which is not mentioned, and a gratuitous India-bashing provoked that is hardly useful. Dawn can encourage such vicious partisan journalism to disgrace its high standards, but whether it will serve Pakistan well in the long-run is up to you to decide.

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