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India-Pak cross-LoC trade: India must remain cautious of the nefarious designs of the enemy
Sensing its failure in proxy war, Pakistan has now adopted another method of weakening India by sneaking in drugs from across the border.

While Punjab is already a state now known for drug addiction, it's the state of Jammu & Kashmir which has lately started seeing an alarming rise in drug smuggling activities along the LoC.

Nowadays it has become common tohear or read news about deaths due to drug overdose as Pakistan has started smuggling huge consignments of heroin into J&K.

Jammu and Kashmir police, on Friday seized 66.5 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 300 crore from a truck that had originated from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) during a routine check atthe border town of Uri in Baramulla district. The truck driver, a man from PoK named Syed Yousuf was arrested and a case under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act (NDPSA) was registered against him.

In the past too, the police have recovered such consignments from trucks. Recently, a similar consignment of heroin was also recovered from Jammu.

The cross-LoC trade between divided parts of Kashmir had began in October, 2008 at the behest of the erstwhile Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The trade takes place four times a week from Tuesday to Friday through Salamabad in Kashmir and the Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Jammu region.

According to the cross-LoC trade agreement between India and Pakistan, products grown on both sides of Jammu and Kashmir can be exchanged under the barter system.

The National Investigating Agency(NIA) had registered a case against unknown people in connection with the trade of Californian almonds across the LoC last year.

Between 2008, when the barter trade started, till the end of 2016, according to NIA estimates, Pakistan has supplied about 34,000 trucks via Uri route worth Rs 2,000 crore while India has sent 22,000 trucks worth Rs 1,900 crore. This gap of Rs 100 core, the NIA suspects, was used to fund militancy and stone-pelting activities in the Valley. We have to remain cautious about the nefarious designs of the enemy!

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