All trade with Pakistan has been halted by the Indian government across the Kashmir border. The government claims that the route is being misused by Pakistan to smuggle illegal currency, drugs, and arms.
In a statement, the Indian home ministry said, “Government of India has decided to suspend the LoC trade at Salamabad and Chakkan-da-Bagh in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.
A stricter regulatory and enforcement mechanism is being worked out and will be put in place in consultation with various agencies. The issue of reopening of LoC trade will be revisited thereafter.”
It was reported by the Indian Express that a trade blockade was executed because of the terror citation. The Indian authorities did not allow 35 trucks carrying fresh fruits to cross over to the Pakistani side via the Poonch sector.
Due to the recent Indo-Pak tensions across the border and the ongoing Indian elections, this decision has been taken. The Hindu Nationalist party is trying extremely hard to get re-elected for another 5-year term.
But since the 14th Feb attack in Indian Occupied Kashmir, tensions between the two countries have worsened. Also, India withdrew the Most Favored Nation status from Pakistan.
The trade between the two states is on the barter system. Pakistan imports cumin, chili, cardamom, almonds, grapes, and bananas from India while India imports exports mangoes, oranges, carpets, prayer mats, and herbs from Pakistan.