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Kashmir hopes 2-year cease-fire rekindles India-Pakistan trade

Locals say commerce across Line of Control offered glimpse of 'golden future'

A Pakistan Army soldier stands guard near the Line of Control in the Charikot Sector of Kashmir in 2020.   © Reuters

URI, Jammu and Kashmir -- India and Pakistan recently marked two years of a cease-fire along their disputed border, known as the Line of Control (LoC). The quiet is prompting many locals to ask when trade across the line that separates the nuclear-armed rivals might resume.

"We can get used to this, the calm, the cease-fire, normalcy," said Ghulam Ahsan Lone, a trader in Uri on the Indian side of the volatile Indo-Pakistan border in Kashmir, about the truce implemented on Feb. 25, 2021. "We want to trade in peace now."

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