22 Oct 2008

Trade route open again in Kashmir

11:50 am on 22 October 2008

An old trade route is open again after 60 years across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir.

Trucks carrying fruit, nuts and honey were flagged away by Indian officials from Salamabad in Indian-administered Kashmir under tight security.

Lorries are expected to arrive later on Tuesday from the Pakistani side, bringing rice, rock salt and furniture.

The opening of the trade route is part of a 2004 peace agreement between India and Pakistan, which both claim Kashmir.

The trade link follows other measures introduced in Kashmir, such as the opening of rail and bus links.