Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali
Zardari on Saturday described the cross-LoC trade between the two
sides of Kashmir as a "pioneering" confidence-building
Zardari made the remarks during a meeting with a
delegation led by Qurban Hussain, a member of Britain`s House
Members of the ruling PPP`s Kashmir Committee also
attended the meeting, an official statement said.
Zardari said the cross-Line of Control trade was a
"pioneering confidence-building measure in Kashmir".
The cross-LoC trade between the divided parts of Kashmir,
which is held every Tuesday and Wednesday, has been growing in
volume and value and so far goods worth nearly Rs 800 crore
have been exchanged since it was started on October 21, 2008.
During the meeting, Zardari renewed Pakistan`s commitment
to the Kashmiri people in their "just struggle for the
restoration of their fundamental rights".
Matters related to the PPP`s organisation and
development works in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were also
discussed at the meeting.
Zardari said he had asked the federal government to
take steps on priority for completing ongoing projects in PoK.
He also asked PPP workers to reach out to people in
far-flung areas to complement the government`s efforts in
addressing their problems.
The members of the delegation gave several suggestions
for progress on development projects, with particular emphasis
on issues related to the Mangla Dam project and the
reconstruction programme in areas of PoK affected by the 2005