Published On:September 23 2008
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India, Pak agrees border route for Kashmir

Srilanka: India and Pakistan agreed on arrangements to open a border route for bilateral trade in Kashmir, a joint panel said.

'We have finalised the arrangement, the trade list and the modalities,' Aizaz Ahmed Choudhary, a senior foreign ministry official leading a Pakistan delegation, said in New Delhi.

'We will go back to our respective governments, it is for them to decide,' he said after talks with Indian officials.

A joint working group comprising senior government officials from both countries held talks on starting border trade in Kashmir following unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Last month, Jammu protesters cut off supplies to the mountainous Kashmir area after the government backed out of its promise to transfer land to build shelters for pilgrims.

The dispute polarised Indian Kashmir, split between the Kashmir valley and the region around Jammu city, severely curbing trade between the two areas.

As a result, traders in Kashmir wanted to sell their goods in neighbouring Pakistan and asked the government to talk to its neighbour.

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