CROSS LOC TRADE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN- CONTOURS AND DYNAMICS

Khalid Fayaz Mir, Muneeb Hussain Gattoo

Abstract


The once economically prosperous region of Kashmir has
ended up being decelerated in trade and trade relations as a fallout
of the Indo-Pak conflict post partition. This phenomenon has had
costs transcending the economy and the society at large. The
partition has led to the division of families, local culture has been
affected and the economy has suffered a great deal. The paper is an
attempt to put cross-LoC trade in the larger framework of the conflict
between India and Pakistan. While historicizing the conflict-ravaged
economy of erstwhile united J&K, the paper discusses
complementariness of patrilineage and trust, which constitutes a
very important aspect of cross-LoC trade since 2008. The paper
attempts to highlight the common bottle necks which have been
placed in conducting trade between the two divided parts of
Kashmir. Besides, the paper also points out that the policy of banning
trade between patrilinear families is bound to have an adverse
effect on the economic future of the region and cross LoC trade
itself.


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