Traders in terrorists’ clothing: Suspending LoC trade a much needed decision


The action was delayed, but much needed. India’s decision to suspend trade along the Line of Control was a much needed decision. Home Ministry officials tell OneIndia that the trade route had been completely taken over by terrorists and hawala operators. Money was being pumped in large numbers to fuel unrest in the Valley as well as fund terrorism.

The likes of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Tayiba had been controlling the trade in a bid to push arms, counterfeit currency and narcotic, the official also informed.

Citing misuse India on Friday suspended trade along the Line of Control with effect from April 19. The action was taken after it was reported that Pakistan based elements were using the trade route to smuggle weapons, fake currency and narcotics.

The Home Ministry said that a stricter regulatory and enforcement mechanism is being worked and the issue of the reopening the trade routes will be revisited once they are implemented.  Read More

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