Indo-Pak Joint Working Group on LoC trade to meet tomorrow

Published March 3, 2014
The meeting on Cross-LoC Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) will be held in New Delhi to streamline trade across the border. – File Photo
The meeting on Cross-LoC Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) will be held in New Delhi to streamline trade across the border. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of Pakistan-India Joint Working Group on Cross-LoC Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) will be held in New Delhi on March 4 to streamline trade across the Line of Control.

Pakistan's delegation will be headed by Riffat Masood, the director general (South Asia) ministry of foreign affairs, while the Indian side will be led by Rudrendra Tandon, the joint secretary ministry of external affairs.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Indian High Commissioner Dr T.C.A. Raghavan in a meeting held on January 25, decided to hold the meeting of the Joint Working Group.

The meeting would discuss ways and means to further streamline and improve the modalities regarding trade across the LoC.

Following the alleged discovery of some narcotics in one of the trucks from Pakistani side on January 15, trade and travel across the LoC had been suspended. Subsequently, this was resumed.

Since the working group is meeting after a gap of one and half years, as the last meeting was held in July 2012 in Islamabad, it will also review the current status of the CBMs that are in place and give its recommendations.

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