Karvan-e-Aman bus between Srinagar-PaK resumes

Srinagar : The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week, official sources said.

The weekly bus with 23 passengers left Srinagar this morning for Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector to cross over to PaK, they said.

They said the bus has since reached tourist reception centre, Salamabad, Uri where more passengers will board it before leaving for Aman Post. The exact number of passengers travelling to Pak will be known only in the afternoon.

The number of returnees and PaK guests will also be known in the evening, they said.

The bus service was suspended last Monday for security reasons when the polling for the first of four phase elections of urban local bodies was held in the state, including parts of Kashmir valley.

The cross-LoC bus service which started on April 7, 2005, has helped thousands of families to meet each other after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of state subjects from both sides on travel permits, instead of the international passport.

The travel permit is issued to the state subject from both sides of the LoC, only after their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from India and Pakistan. However, only state subjects from both sides can avail the cross-LoC bus facility.

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