30 PaK guests arrive, no Kashmiri crosses over to other side of LoC


Srinagar, Sep 10: As many as 30 guests from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here on Monday while no Kashmiri resident crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman service, operating between Kashmir and Muzaffarabad.
“53 returnees also crossed sides at the Kaman post in Uri sector,” official sources said.
They said 30 residents of PaK, including 11 women and two children, arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu (the peace bridge) on foot. Two Kashmiri residents, who had completed their stay in PaK also returned in the bus.
The number of guests coming from PaK goes up during summers and comes down during winters. On the contrary, the number of Kashmiris visiting PaK comes down during summers and goes up during winters.
However, no fresh Kashmiri crossed over to the other side though 51 PaK residents, including 16 women and 11 children, who had arrived here in previous buses returned to their homes after completing their stay here.
The inter cross-LoC bus service was one of the major Confidence Building Measures (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan, after both the countries agreed for a ceasefire on LoC and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, in 2003.
The peace bus service has been operating, despite repeated attempts by the militants to sneak into this side from PaK after the higher reaches close due to snowfall for winter months. The bus has since helped thousands of divided families to meet each other.
However, only state subjects from both the sides are eligible to travel in the bus, after their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from both the sides.