Srinagar, April 11
Despite high tension due to violence that left eight civilians dead during massive clashes on April 9, 25 guests from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here while four Kashmiris crossed over to other side of Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
Meanwhile, 22 returnees also crossed sides yesterday at the Kaman Post, in Uri sector, official sources told .
They said 25 PoK residents, including 12 women and a child, arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947.
As many as eight Kashmiris, who had gone to the PoK, also returned to their homes after completing their stay across the LoC. They included three women. They said four Kashmiris, including two women, crossed over to the other side of LoC to meet their relatives. Meanwhile, 14 PoK residents, including three women and five children, returned to their home in the bus. The bus service, major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between Indian and Pakistan after 1999 Kargil War, continued despite unrest in Kashmir last year and tension on the LoC due to ceasefire violation and the surgical strike 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 intelligence agencies from India and Pakistan.