5 PaK guests among 39 cross sides in Karvan-e-Aman bus

5 PaK guests among 39 cross sides in Karvan-e-Aman bus

Srinagar, May 14: Five guests from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here while no Kashmiri crossed over to other side of the Line of (LoC) in the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of PaK on Monday.
Meanwhile, 34 returnees also cross sides at the Kaman post, the last Indian military post this side of the LoC in Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, official sources said here this evening.
The bus left Bemina in Srinagar at 0700 hrs with 12 PaK residents returning home after completing stay here with their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition, sources said. They included seven women, they added. However, ten more PaK residents boarded the bus at Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) before crossing to other side. They included seven women and a child. No Kashmiri crossed over to other side this time.
Five PaK residents arrived here to meet their relatives separated in 1947, they said adding 12 Kashmiris, who had gone to PaK, also returned to their homes. They included four women and a child.
The cross-LoC bus was introduced on April 7,2005, despite opposition by militants, to allow families divided due to partition after both India and Pakistan agreed to allow state subjects from both sides on Travel Permits instead of International passport. However, travel permit is issued only after the names are cleared from intelligence agencies of both the countries. The service has helped thousands of divided families to meet each other.