13 PaK guests arrive in Kashmir; 6 Kashmiris cross to other side of LoC
K H News Service
[ March 21, 2017 ]
Srinagar/March, 20: As many as 13 guests from Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here today while six Kashmiris crossed over to other side of Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
Meanwhile, 18 returnees also crossed sides at the Kaman Post, in Uri sector, official sources said.
They said 13 PaK residents, including three women and as many children, arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947.
As many as 12 Kashmiris, who had gone to the PaK, also returned to their homes after completing their stay across the LoC. They included a five women and two children.
They said six Kashmiris crossed over to the other side. Meanwhile, six PaK residents, including five women, returned to his home in the bus.
The bus service, major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between Indian and Pakistan after 1999 Kargil War, continued despite unrest in Kashmir last year and tension on the LoC due to ceasefire violation and the surgical strike in the PaK.
The cross-LoC bus service, started on April 7, 2005 despite opposition by militant organisations, has helped thousands of families, divided in 1947 due to Partition, to meet each other after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of state subjects from both sides on travel permits instead of international passport.
However, travel permit is issued to citizens from both sides of the LoC only after their names are cleared by intelligence agencies from India and Pakistan.