10 guests from PaK arrive, 14 Kashmiris cross over to other side of LoC


Srinagar, Mar 20: Despite tension on the Line of Control (LoC) due to unprovoked shelling by Pakistan, as many as 10 guests from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here while 14 Kashmiris crossed over to the other side in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
Six returnees also crossed sides at the Kaman Post, in Uri sector, official sources said.
They said 10 residents of PaK, 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 due to partition.
Four Kashmiris, including two women, who had gone to PaK in previous buses, also returned after completing their stay there.
They said 14 Kashmiris, including three women and a child, crossed over to the other side of LoC in the weekly bus.
“Two PaK resident, who had arrived in previous buses to meet their relatives, returned to their homes after completing their stay here,” they added.
Despite tension on the borders due to cross-border shelling, the bus service continued. On Sunday, five members of a family were killed and two minor girls besides five soldiers were injured in Pakistan shelling in Balakote sector in Mendhar.
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 in Jammu and Kashmir in 2003.