External affairs ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said India asked Pakistan to share details of its investigation, "including details of consigner".

He said India felt that Pakistani authorities had not exercised due diligence in carrying out checks on the truck crossing the Line of Control (LoC).

"Trucks have to be checked properly," he added. Pakistan halted trade across the LoC January 17th after Customs and police officials in Baramulla recovered 114 packets of brown sugar worth over Rs 100 crore in international market from a Pakistani truck.

The truck driver was arrested and his vehicle was seized. The official said Pakistan raised the issue of arrest of the driver and of the seized truck.

Trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed on February 26th.

Akbaruddin said here on Friday that India called for steps to improve travel and connectivity at the meeting of India-Pakistan Joint Working Group (JWG) on cross-LoC confidence building measures held here on March 4th.

Akbaruddin said the two sides also discussed the need for strengthening standard operating procedures concerning the LoC trade."There is nothing in the standard operating procedure for release of driver if involved in criminal activities," the spokesperson said.

He added law would take its course in the matter."We are willing to cooperate so that such incidents do not happen. We are of the view that cross-LoC trade should not be held hostage to such incidents," he said.

He said India repeated its idea on starting Kargil-Skardu bus service.

The official also said India suggested having a multiple entry booklet to facilitate trade across the LoC.

(Agencies)

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