Srinagar, Aug 6: The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) on Monday was suspended for security reasons following strike called by separatists against any move to weaken the Article 35 A.
We have received an advisory late last night to suspend the weekly Cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus today, official sources said Monday morning.
They said the bus was suspended for security reasons in view of the prevailing situation. Similarly authorities on other side of the border were also informed about the decision, they added.
The passengers, who were scheduled to travel in the bus from here to PaK have also been informed and they will be adjusted next week, sources said.
The weekly bus, one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan, was introduced on April 7, 2005 to allow families divided in 1947 due to partition to meet each other. However, only state subjects from both sides of the LoC are eligible to undertake the journey on “ Travel Permits” instead of International Passports. The travel permits are issued only after the intelligence agencies from both sides cleared the names of those who intend to travel.
The bus has helped thousands of divided families to meet each other.