SRINAGAR : -Hours after it resumed after remaining suspended since January 17, the trade via Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route was again closed down as trucks from Indian-Held Kashmir returned back without unloading their consignment in AJK. Sources claimed more than 22 trucks from IHK returned back, declining “hectic” checking measures in other part of Kashmir. “By checking, the AJK authorities meant to unload entire truck load which would have resulted in damage to consignments. However, drivers objected to it and decided to return along with load,” an official said.

based on the report by the drivers.

Salamabad-Chakoti Traders Association claimed Azad Kashmir officials at Chakoti Checkpoint resorted to ‘humiliating’ frisking of the drives and their goods on the pretext of security measurement.

“All the 22 trucks have returned back home without delivering the goods,” said Tariq Khan, President of Cross-LoC Traders Association (Salamabad-Chakoti).