12 cross sides in Karvan-e-Aman bus


Srinagar, Mar 5: Despite tense situation in Kashmir valley following strike called by separatists, as many as 12 people crossed sides in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
No guest from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here while two Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the LoC in the weekly bus service, official sources said on Monday afternoon.
As many as 10 people also returned to their respective place by crossing sides at the Kaman Post in Uri sector, they said.
They said no resident of PaK arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition.
Meanwhile, seven Kashmiris, including four women and a child, who had gone to PaK in previous buses, also returned after completing their stay there.
They said two Kashmiris, including a woman, crossed over to the other side of LoC in the weekly bus. Three PaK resident, who had arrived in previous bus, returned to home after completing his stay here.
The bus, introduced on April 7,2005 despite opposition by militants, have helped thousands of families divided in 1947 to meet each other. However, only state subjects from both sides are eligible to travel in the bus provided their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from India and Pakistan.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik have called for a general strike today against the Shopian incident where a Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militant and four others were killed in an encounter with Army at Pahnoo, Shopian, Sunday night.