No PaK guest arrives, 7 Kashmirs cross over to other side of LoC

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Not a single guest from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) arrived here on Monday, when seven Kashmiris crossed over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition, official sources said.
Three returnees also cross sides at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC at Uri in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, sources said.
They said due to severe chilly conditions and forecast for more weather woes, not a single guest from PaK arrived here in the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad. However, two Kashmiris, including a woman, who had gone to PaK returned back to their homes after meeting their relatives across the border.
They said during the winter, particularly 40-day-long Chilai-Kalan, the severest period of winter, the number of PaK residents visiting Kashmir drops. Similarly the number increases in summer when the weather remained pleasant.
Sources said despite rain and snow the bus left at Bemina in Srinagar this morning for Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Uri, where more passengers boarded it before leaving for Kaman post.
They said seven Kashmiris, including three women crossed over to PaK to meet their separated relatives. A PaK resident who had arrived here in previous bus, also returned to his home.
The bus was introduced on April 7,2005 despite opposition by the militant outfits. However, almost all separatist leaders, barring chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Democratic Freedom Party (DPF) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah, have travelled in the bus.
The bus has helped thousands of families, separated in 1947 due to partition to meet each other. However, only state subjects from both sides are allowed to travel after their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from both India and Pakistan. People from both sides are allowed to travel on Travel Permits instead of International passports.
Earlier, before the introduction of the bus, people from Kashmir valley had to travel to New Delhi or Wagah border to cross over to other side.