MIRPUR (AJK) - Sixty-one years after the breakdown of trade ties between both sides of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, three trucks rolled across the LoC to bridge between the two parts at Chakkan-da-Bagh-Taitrinote on Poonch-Rawalakot Road on Wednesday. AJK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan flagged off three trucks carrying goods for Occupied Poonch. Addressing a mammoth congregation of traders after inaugurating Taitrinote Trade Terminal, the President welcomed the decision between India and Pakistan of starting cross-Line of Control trade between Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Indian Held Jammu and Kashmir. He said that it will strengthen the economy of both sides besides being one of the effective CBMs to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir through peaceful means. Raja Zulqarnain said that the bilateral business contacts between the business communities on both sides would restore the badly shattered economic conditions of the IHK. At other side of the Line of Control in Occupied Kashmir, the event remained a low-key affair since no political figure was allowed to inaugurate the opening of trade routes by the authorities. While puppet Governor's Adviser H H Tyabji did the honours here to kick off trade between Poonch and Rawalakote. Tyabji, flagging off three trucks carrying fruits and vegetables from Beopar Mandal of district Poonch crossed the LoC to enter AJK to resume trade after commercial ties were snapped in 1948. The LoC crossing point witnessed unusual activity with not only officials of two sides hugging each other and local traders of Poonch (Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) and Rawalakote (AJK) exchanging sweets and pleasantries. "This was a momentous beginning between the two parts of Jammu and Kashmir. It will strengthen the ties and will help to reduce the animosity between the people on the two sides", said Zaffar Mehmood. He hoped that the trade ties would pave way for lasting peace in the region. "We need to expand the list of items to be traded to make it more meaningful", Tyabji told media in Occupied Poonch. He affirmed that the list would be periodically reviewed keeping in view the needs of the people. Referring to the recent visit of AJK trade delegation, he said that the delegation was keen to visit Rajouri and Poonch districts but could not do so due to paucity of time, according to the reports reaching here.