9 PaK guests arrive, 4 Kashmiris cross over to other side of LoC

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Srinagar, Nov 12: Only nine fresh guests from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here on Monday while four Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
“As many as 62 returnees also crossed sides at Kaman Post,” official sources said.
The bus service was suspended last week after PaK government announced holiday on November 5, when funeral of Sardar Khalid, son of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan (70), founder President of PaK was held at Rawlakote.
They said nine residents of PaK, including three women, arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition.
Meanwhile, five Kashmiri residents, who had gone to PaK in previous buses, returned here.
The number of guests coming from PaK comes down during winter months and goes up during summers. On the contrary, the number of Kashmiris visiting PaK goes up during winters and comes down during summers.
“Four Kashmiris, a woman, crossed over to the other side of the LoC to meet their relatives,” they said, adding as many as 57 PaK residents, including 27 women and nine 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 before 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.