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5 Feb, 2013

Indo-Pak travel & trade “mother of all confidence-building measures” – DAWN.COM

The clashes along the Line of Control, the first of which took place on January 6, prompted fears that tensions between Pakistan and India could escalate, but a ceasefire agreement on January 16 between commanders from both armies has held.

Another attempt to ease the tensions saw trade resuming between the two countries via the LoC. Six Pakistani trucks containing goods crossed into Indian-administered Kashmir on Jan 29, ending the 20-day halt in trade. The resumption is being taken positively by the two countries’ business community, especially after as traders on the Pakistani side have complained that the closure of the key crossing point had cost them 30 million rupees ($300,000) in the wake of the flare-up at the de facto border, which left five soldiers dead.

Read the rest: In control | DAWN.COM.