Cross-LoC traders call off strike after government revokes ‘ban’ on trade of Pistachio

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Cross-Line of Control (LoC) traders on Friday called off their strike after the authorities revoked the ban on trading of Pistachio.

Javid Tenga, President Jammu Kashmir-Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JK-JCCI) has said that the Government has removed the ban on trading of Pistachio, which has been the result of taking up the matter with the concerned by the JK-JCCI.

The statement said that they are hoping that the other issues will also be solved in the same spirit so that the Cross LOC trade will become meaningful and beneficial to people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Based on the above the LOC Traders association has suspended its protest,” Tenga said in the statment.

Earlier, the Salamabad Cross LoC Traders Union (SCLTU) on had staged a protest against Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO) accusing him of harassment and ‘imposing ban of certain items’ following which JK-JCCI had issued a statement calling it a ‘matter of grave concern’.

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The protesters had threatened to wind up their business if the government fails to revoke the ban imposed recently on four items.

Hilal Turkie, President SCLTU, had said that cross LoC traders are dismayed over the ban on four main items of trade; Pistachio, Jaye Nimaz, Miswak, Charmagaz and Anardana.

He had alleged that TFO, Preet Pal Singh was acting like dictator who is hell bent to impose ban on certain trade items. “His behavior is not up to mark,” he said.

“If authorities do not revoke the recent order all SCLTU traders will close cross LoC trade,” Turkie had threatened.

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