Before LoC trade halt, agencies identified militants pumping cash, drugs into Valley

JAMMU : The cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade ban, announced by the government last week, was partly fueled by reports from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that identified 10 Pakistan-based militants who were allegedly using the trade routes to pump in “illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency” into Kashmir.

“The channel of LoC trade, meant to facilitate exchange of goods of common use between local populations across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, was being exploited to fund illegal and anti-national activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” an official said, quoting the reports.

According to intelligence sources, these militants are originally from Jammu and Kashmir, but crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), where they joined terror outfits.

“Inquiries conducted and record checks have established that these individuals have opened trading firms in Pakistan.