Economics & Business

Allow traders to travel in own cars: Muzaffarabad Chamber

MUZAFFARABAD: The Muzaffarabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the governments of India and Pakistan to facilitate frequent visits of the businessmen of two Kashmirs in their own vehicles across the LoC so that they can explore the markets, and directly interact with each other. The demand was made here on Saturday at an exclusive meeting of Chamber’s executive committee presided over by the body’s president, Zafar Iqbal Pirzada.

The Muzaffarabad based traders said they were not consulted during the constitution of a delegation of AJK traders that visited Kashmir last month. They had announced to constitute a delegation of their own for the trans-LoC visit at the earliest possible time.

“The trade between the divided parts of Kashmir at this stage has nothing to do with industrialists but distributors and whole-sellers and they should be given the opportunity earlier than others to visit each other for smooth and durable operation of the historic process,” said Pirzada, after the meeting. He claimed that had the distributors and whole-sellers been involved from the beginning, the trade would have witnessed brisk progress.

Notwithstanding the lapses, Pirzada believed, India and Pakistan can still do a lot to make this process a success in true sense of word. He said that both sides should facilitate the traders to visit the opposite side as and when they required.

They should also have facility to travel in their own vehicles, properly registered with the concerned authorities on both sides, he added. Pirzada said there was wide scope of Kashmiri goods in the AJK markets, if the genuine stakeholders were allowed to carry forward the trade. He asked the business community members in Jammu and Kashmir to directly interact with his body at its email to move forward in this regard

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