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Pakistani Kashmiri men walk past the truck supply check point to India at the Line of Control (LoC) in Chakothi on September 18, 2013. PHOTO: AFP


MUZAFFRABAD: India and Pakistan have suspended trade across their de facto border in the disputed territory of Kashmir after Indian authorities detained a truck driver accused of drug trafficking, Pakistani officials said on Sunday.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the two countries won independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the scenic Himalayan territory in full.

Barter trade across the de facto border began in 2008 as part of peace efforts but it is frequently disrupted over disputes.

“We were informed by the Indian authorities on Friday evening that they have stopped 22 Pakistani trucks which crossed the Line of Control (LOC) earlier that day,” Basharat Iqbal, trade facilitation officer on the Pakistani side of the border, told AFP.

“They told us that they had discovered 12 kilogrammes of opium from a truck carrying oranges and were taking an action against the driver. After the incident, we also held 50 Indian trucks in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), because traffic crosses the border simultaneously,” said Iqbal.

Imtiaz Wayen, director-general of AJK’s trade and travel authority, said India was not entitled to stop Pakistani drivers on grounds of smuggling.

“According to our agreement, if they find any banned item in our trucks they are bound to hand over that item and the relevant truck driver to us for further action,” he said.

“We have informed the officials of the ministry of foreign affairs about this matter and have asked them to take up this issue,” he added.

In addition to barter trade, families separated by the de facto border may apply for special passes to visit their relatives on buses that operate two days a week.
India, Pakistan suspend trade on Kashmir border: officials – The Express Tribune

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They have suspended trade until they have sorted it out.
Any nation will seize the drugs and the drug smugglers,not deport them.The truck driver should have known,Smuggling drugs was a crime.
 

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“According to our agreement, if they find any banned item in our trucks they are bound to hand over that item and the relevant truck driver to us for further action,” he said.
that agreement makes everything clear on how to act... wonder why they held the driver
 

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mtiaz Wayen, director-general of AJK’s trade and travel authority, said India was not entitled to stop Pakistani drivers on grounds of smuggling.
So the Pakistani truck drivers are entitled to smuggle anything across into India including smuggling AKs into the country?

What idiocy is this? Total unadulterated nonsense.
 
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that agreement makes everything clear on how to act... wonder why they held the driver
For argument sake, when you can create so much ho-halla about Indus water treaty even when everything is written very clearly, then why cant we stop a genuine case of smuggling. :p::p:


OT:- I guess to get more information. We are not going to hang him....Just to get some information.:yahoo:
 

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that agreement makes everything clear on how to act... wonder why they held the driver
For questioning obviously! He was clearly bringing 12 KG of of drugs for someone on the Indian side of the border and not for his personal consumption.

Ask what would your country do, say if the situation was reversed? Let the driver go, and not investigate only for them to try and smuggle drugs all over again? Definitely not. Detaining him and questioning him and busting the rest of the racket is what any country would do.
 

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Now imagine if we were buying electricity from India !!!
OK. What about it? and what has buying electricity got to do with this smuggling.
Don't try to tie everything into some weird theory.
I don't blame you for this truck driver. The blame lies with the truck driver (if he was a willing participant) and whoever is trying to send and receive the contraband(including the officials conniving on both the sides).
But you trying to jump up and draw conclusions without even letting the proper process flow through makes me want to draw broad conclusions.
 

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So the Pakistani truck drivers are entitled to smuggle anything across into India including smuggling AKs into the country?

What idiocy is this? Total unadulterated nonsense.
its both sided agreement signed by yr country as well. Its better to honor the agreement.
 
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He will be returned. Once the information of who it was for in India is received. We will need to give those folks some special treatment.
 

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