2 fresh PoK guests among 6 cross sides in Karvan-e-Aman bus

Srinagar, May 28
Only two guests from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived in Srinagar while no Kashmiri crossed over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, on Monday.
Meanwhile, only four returnees crossed sides at the Kaman Post, in Uri sector, official sources said.
They said two residents of PoK, including a woman, arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 partition. However, there was no returnee in the bus.
Meanwhile, no Kashmiri crossed over to other side this time. “As many as four PoK residents, who had arrived in previous buses to meet their relatives, returned to their home after completing their stay here,” they added.
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 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 PoK 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.

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