3 PoK residents arrive, 10 cross to other side of LoC

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SRINAGAR

Only three guests of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here while 10 Kashmiris crossed over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition.

As many as six returnees also cross side at the Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in Uri sector, official sources said this afternoon.

They said three PoK residents arrived at Kaman post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot. Two Kashmiris, who had gone to PoK, also returned in the Karval-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of PoK since April 7,2005.

The number of PoK guests decreases during the winter because of below freezing temperature in the valley. However, the number increases with the onset of summer every year.

Sources said 10 Kashmiris, including five women and two children, crossed over to PoK to meet their relatives. However, four PoK residents, including a woman, who had arrived here in previous buses, returned to their homes after completing stay here.

The bus service has helped thousands of families, divided due to partition, to meet each other after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of state subjects from both sides of the LoC on  Travel Permits instead of International Passport. However, the travel permit is allowed only when both the government issues No Objection Certificate (NOC) to travelers. (AGENCIES)

 

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