18 PoK guests could not go back, trade suspended

Excelsior Correspondent
POONCH, June 18: Eighteen guests from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) who had come here to meet their relatives could not go back today as the Pakistani authorities refused to open the gate at Chakkan-da-Bagh LoC point today.
These eighteen passengers, whose time limit of stay was over today, reported to authorities at Poonch for their back journey. They were told that Pak authorities have refused to open the gates at LoC point, in view of the firing along the LoC for the last few days. No resident from this part of the J&K reported for going to PoK today. Even the SRTC bus which moved between Poonch at LoC point at Chakkan-da-Bagh was not deployed at the point of origin here.
These stranded PoK visitors then pleaded with the concerned authorities at Poonch to grant extension in their stay for at least one week. They have forwarded their request to the Delhi office of the Ministry of External Affairs.
It is pertinent to mention here that the trade across the LoC continued to be suspended as the Pak authorities have not opened gates at Chakkan-da-Bagh for the last 3-4 days. The Pak authorities refused to open gate for movement of trucks loaded with goods from this side. Traders have suffered huge losses as banana in huge quantity has gone waste.