Only one PaK resident arrives, no Kashmiri cross over to other side

Srinagar, May 21: Despite tense situation on the border due to unprovoked shelling by Pakistani troops in Jammu region and strike called by separatists in the Kashmir valley, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, plying between Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) and Srinagar, operated normally on Monday.
However, only one resident of PaK arrived here while no Kashmiri crossed over to other side in the weekly bus, official sources said.
However, 14 returnees cross side at the Aman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri, official sources said.
The bus left Bemina in Srinagar with two POK returnees. However, nine more residents of PaK boarded the bus at Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC), Uri before leaving for Aman Post. They included two women, sources sadded.
No resident of Kashmir travel to PaK this week, they said.
They said only one PaK resident arrived here to meet his relatives separated due to partition. However, three residents of Kashmir, including woman and a child, who had gone to PaK returned to their homes after completing stay across the LoC.
The bus, one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM), introduced on April 7,2005 despite opposition by militants, has helped thousands of families divided due to partition in 1947 due to partition, to meet each other. However, only state subjects from both sides are eligible to travel in the bus on “Travel Permits” instead of International passport provided their names are cleared by intelligence agencies from both the countries.