Kashmir's famed apple gets bad treatment outside: PDP

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Srinagar, Dec 16 (UNI) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a key ruling coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, today alleged that the Valley's famed apple was receiving ''bad treatment'' outside the state, and urged the Centre to resurrect the industry by allowing cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade.

''The traders are complaining that the apple from Kashmir is receiving a bad treatment in different markets outside the state.

Something needs to be done to ensure that the future of the apple industry in Kashmir is sweet,'' a PDP spokesman said in a statement.

He said this would also give a kick to the state economy.

The spokesman urged the Centre to throw open different cross-LoC routes so that the people from Kashmir could export their products in Pakistan markets in addition to other states in the country.

He condemned Friday's incident at Magam in which a shopkeeper was allegedly killed in police firing.

The spokesman also condemned the killing of one person in Kupwara following protests by people who caught hold of a police personnel, allegedly trying to set afire residential houses.

UNI

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