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Indo-Pak cross border trade suspended

The India-Pak diplomatic deadlock
Diplomatic deadlock
  • Indian has stood firm on its stance that there will be no peace talks until Pakistan takes action against terror groups operating from Pakistan against India.
  • The Uri attack and the Pathankot attack were the most recent instances of cross-border terror.
  • However, incidents like 26/11 and Pakistan's continued support to separatist elements in Kashmir, have made the relations even more tense.

  • India's demands
    In the wake of the Pathankot and Uri attacks, India demanded that Pakistan take action against terror groups on its soil. India demanded that Pakistan take action against Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks. These were prerequisites to any proposed bilateral peace-dialogue.

    Pakistan releases Indian fishermen
  • Between December'16 and January'17, Pakistan released over 439 Indian fishermen in 2 separate batches.
  • Fisherfolk from both countries often stray into international waters and are apprehended by security forces. Some of these fishermen have been in Pakistani prisons for over a year.
  • There are still several hundred such fishermen lodged in Pakistan. The same is the case in India.

  • Pak releases Indian soldier
    On 21 January, Pakistan released Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chohan, who had inadvertently crossed the LoC on 29 September, during India's surgical strike operation inside Pakistani territory. He was released as a goodwill gesture.

    Pakistan takes action on Hafiz Saeed
  • In Feb'17 Pakistan placed Hafiz Saeed under house arrest after they put him on the country's 'Anti-terrorist Act' list.
  • Under the conditions imposed on him, his weapons license and those of his aides were also revoked.
  • Pakistan's Defence Minister Khwaja Asif stated that Saeed had been arrested keeping in mind greater national interest of Pakistan.

  • Why now?
  • Until the retirement of former Pakistani Army Chief Raheel Sharif, Nawaz Sahrif was unable to diplomatically manoeuvre with India.
  • However, after Raheel's exit in December'16, Pakistan began making friendly overtures, releasing Indian fishermen and soldiers.
  • Islamabad goes to polls in June, and unless Nawaz Sharif can set the tone for a peace process now, he may be unable to do so later this year.

  • India to release 39 Pakistan prisoners
    01 Mar 2017
  • In a gesture of good-will, India will release 39 Pakistanis who are currently lodged in Indian jails. Of these, 21 are prisoners who have completed their sentences, while 18 are fishermen who strayed into Indian waters.
  • Government officials stated that "We have identified these prisoners and with Pakistan confirming their nationality, they will be released on March 1."

  • Pakistan reportedly apprehends 94 Indian fishermen in two days
    06 Mar 2017
  • The National Fishworkers Forum reported that Pakistan had apprehended 94 Indian fishermen and seized 17 boats off the Gujarat coast in two days.
  • On March 4, 70 fishermen on 13 boats were captured, and on the next day, 24 on four boats were apprehended off the Jakhau coast.
  • All of them were taken to Karachi, said NFF Secretary Manish Lodhari.

  • Indo-Pak cross border trade suspended
    15 Mar 2017
  • In response to repeated ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army, India has suspended all cross-border trade along the LoC with Pakistan as "precautionary measure."
  • The cross-border firing severely damaged the Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Chaka-da-Bagh along the LoC. The cross-border bus-service has been suspended as well.
  • Authorities did not specify when the trade could possibly resume.

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