3 guests from PaK arrive, 4 Kashmiris cross over to other side of LoC


Srinagar, Feb 19: Three guest from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here while four Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
As many as 10 returnees also crossed sides at the Kaman Post, in Uri sector, official sources said on Monday afternoon.
They said three residents of PaK, including two women, arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition.
Meanwhile, nine Kashmiris, including three women, who had gone to PaK in previous buses, also returned after completing their stay there.
They said four Kashmiris, including three women, crossed over to the other side of LoC in the weekly bus. “Only one PaK resident, who had arrived in previous buses to meet their relatives, returned to her home after completing her stay here, they added.
The inter cross-LoC bus service was one of the major Confidence Building (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan after both the countries agreed for a ceasefire on LoC and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir in 2003.
The peace bus service has been operating despite repeated attempts being made by militants to sneak into this side from PaK before the higher reaches close due to snowfall for winter months. The bus has since helped thousands of divided families to meet each other.
However, only state subjects from both the sides, are eligible to travel in the bus after their names are cleared by intelligence agencies from both sides.