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Umbrellas crossing the ceasefire line in Kashmir

By Faisul Yaseen

Poonch, Oct 11:

While it may take longer for the trade along the Line of Control in Kashmir to take shape, some commodities are already crossing the ceasefire line.

It may come as a surprise but visitors from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) are taking back umbrellas from Poonch.

The umbrellas are selling like hot cakes with the visitors from PaK and everyone is making sure they take a few along.

Seeing their liking for the umbrellas the people on this side are now gifting these to their cross border visitors.

The PaK visitors says that umbrellas available here are of better stuff than those available across the LoC.

"Here I got good umbrellas. The umbrellas are solid and big. In Pakistan we have fashionable umbrellas but those are not good for the tough rainy season. The spikes are thin and the handle is too weak. Besides, the cloth is also of inferior stuff," said Abdul Haq Awan, 70, of Gujranwala as he was returning through the Poonch Rawlakote bus at Chakan da Bagh on Oct 9.

Haq had migrated to Gujranwala in Pakistan in 1965 from Poonch. All of his relatives live in Poonch.

After his month long stay here he took back seven big umbrellas. He says he purchased the umbrellas for himself and as gifts for his children.

Faiz Mohammad, 80, another visitor also took along at least a dozen umbrellas. "My nephew here gifted these to me. The gifts are one for everyone in my family in PaK," he said.

Similarly For 45-year-old lady Zarda, the umbrellas are a token gift from his separated relatives whom she had never seen in her life until she crossed the Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing on the Rah-i-Milan, the road connecting Poonch in Indian administered Kashmir with Rawlakote in Pakistan administered Kashmir.

The Poonch Rawalkote Bus Service was flagged off by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on June 20 2005 , making it the second trans-Kashmir bus service after Srinagar Muzaffarabad Bus service which began on April 7 2005 .

The launch of trans-Kashmir bus service was regarded by many as one of the biggest confidence building measure in Kashmir taken by India and Pakistan aimed to help separated families across the LoC visit each other.

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