Karvan-e-Aman bus: No Kashmiri crosses to other side of LoC, 1 PaK guest arrives

Karvan-e-Aman bus: No Kashmiri crosses to other side of LoC, 1 PaK guest arrives
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Srinagar, Feb 25: After remaining suspended last week due to tensed situation in view of fidayeen attack in Pulwama, no Kashmiri resident crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) while only one fresh guest from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) arrived here on Monday in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
The cross-LoC bus service was suspended last week after a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeen attack in Pulwama on February 14 left 49 CRPF personnel dead, triggering outrage across the country.
However, official sources said that it was agreed to ply the bus today. “As many as 12 returnees also crossed sides at the Kaman Post,” they said.
They said one resident of PaK arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet his relatives, separated in 1947 partition. Meanwhile, he said seven Kashmiri residents, who had gone to PaK in previous buses, also returned here. They included four women.
They said no Kashmiri crossed over to PaK this week though five residents of PaK, who completed their stay in Kashmir, returned to their home in the Karvan-e-Aman weekly bus.
The bus, introduced on April 7, 2005 has helped thousands of divided families to meet each other after 1947.
However, only state subjects from both sides of the LoC are eligible to travel in the bus on “Travel Permits” instead of International Passport only after their names are cleared by intelligence agencies of Pakistan and India.
Despite opposition by militant organisations, all separatist leaders, barring chairman Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah, travelled in the bus.