"We have not reached an agreement yet on the resumption of trade as the Pakistani authorities are insisting that the driver (of the truck) be released first," said a senior official who is negotiating with the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir authorities.

The Pakistani driver was arrested after a consignment of brown sugar was recovered from his vehicle. The official said that the talks would continue for ending the deadlock.

The cross-LoC trade was suspended on both the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalkot routes following the arrest of a PoK driver over the recovery of 114 packets of brown sugar from his truck on January 17.

PoK authorities had also suspended the cross-LoC bus service, but later agreed to resume it. However, the cross-LoC trade has remained suspended since then.


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