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5:32 pm - Monday February 19, 2018

Weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus leaves for PoK

Agencies, Srinagar

The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), left this morning for Kaman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the border, to cross over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC).

‘The bus left here early this morning for Kaman post, the last Indian military post, on this side of LoC,’ an official source told UNI. The bus has since reached the Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Uri, about 100 km from here in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.

However, the exact number of passengers travelling to PoK will be known later in the afternoon, he added. The bus service, major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between India and Pakistan after 1999 Kargil War, continued despite unrest in Kashmir in 2016 and tension on the LoC, due to ceasefire violation and the surgical strike by Indian troops in the PoK.

The cross-LoC bus service, started on April 7, 2005 despite opposition by militant organisations, has helped thousands of families, divided in 1947 due to Partition, to meet each other after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of state subjects from both sides on travel permits, instead of international passport. However, travel permit is issued to citizens from both sides of the LoC only after their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from India and Pakistan.

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