Karvan-e-Aman bus: 2 fresh PaK residents among 8 cross sides at LoC

Srinagar, Jan 14: Braving chilly weather conditions, two fresh guest 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 bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
“As many as six returnees also crossed sides at Kaman Post,” official sources said on Monday evening.
They said two residents of PaK arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet his relatives, separated in 1947 partition. There was no returnee in the bus, they said.
“No Kashmiri crossed over to the other side of the LoC while six PaK residents, who had arrived here in previous buses, returned home after completing their stay here,” they added.
The number of PaK guests drops during winter due to intense cold due to below freezing temperature while the number increases in summer when the weather remains pleasant.
Similarly the number of Kashmiris visiting PaK drops during summer and increases in winter. However, in the first two buses of 2019 only one Kashmiri crossed over to other side.
The bus service was introduced on April 7, 2005 despite threat by militants who carried out a fidayeen attack on Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) where Kashmiri passengers of first bus were staying two days before leaving for PaK.
Thousands of families, divided due to partition, have met each since the introduction of bus, one of the most Confidence Building Measure (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan to allow state subjects of both the sides to travel on travel permits instead of International passport. However, any person is allowed to undertake travel only after his or her name is cleared by intelligence agencies from both the countries.