46 PaK guests arrive, 2 Kashmiris cross to other side of LoC

Srinagar, Jul 30: As many as 46 guests from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here on Monday while only two residents of Kashmir crossed to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition, official sources said.
They said 86 returnees also travelled in the cross-LoC Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of PaK.
They said that 46 fresh guests from PaK, including 20 women and six children, arrived at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC at Uri, a border town in north Kashmir this afternoon after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge on foot. Three Kashmiri residents, including two women who had gone to PaK, also returned to their home after staying across the LoC with their separated family members.
The number of PaK guests increases during summer when weather remains pleasant. However, the number goes down during winter when the temperature goes down to minus several degree below freezing point.
They said only two Kashmiri residents, including a woman crossed over to other side. However, 83 PaK residents also returned to their homes after completing stay in Kashmir. They included 34 women and 18 children.
The number of Kashmiris visiting PaK goes down during summer but increases during winter.
The cross-LoC bus was introduced on April 7,2005 when India and Pakistan agreed to allow families, divided due to partition in 1947, to meet each other on “ Travel Permits” instead of International Passports. However, travel permits are issued only when intelligence agencies from both the countries cleared their names.
Thousands of families have benefitted and meet each other since the introduction of the bus.