Karvan-e-Aman bus leaves for Kaman Post to cross over to PoK

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Newspoint Bureau

Srinagar, December 5

The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), left here early this morning for Kaman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the border in Uri sector.

The bus run continued despite tense situation on the Line of Control (LoC) though guns are silent for the past two weeks.

However, attempts of infiltration from PoK continued.

The weekly peace bus left Srinagar at 0700 hrs for security reasons to avoid any stone pelting and protests due to strike, called by separatists. The bus reached Kaman Post at around 0900 hrs.

They said the exact number of passengers travelling in the bus will be known only in the afternoon at Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Salamabad, Uri.

Similarly, people coming from the PoK will have to wait at Uri before starting journey towards their respective destinations late in the night, to avoid stone pelting.

Despite unrest since July 9 in the Kashmir valley, the bus run continued.

However, on July 11 and 18, the bus could not operate  for security reasons following  strike by the separatists while on July 4 and September 12, it did not run in the wake of Eid festivals.

The weekly bus service was not affected even after the Fidayeen attack on Army Brigade Headquarters at Uri on September 18, which left 19 soldiers dead and over 20 wounded. Four Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, believed to be foreigners, were also killed in the encounter. The Fidayeen attack was followed by surgical attack by Indian troops across the LoC.

On October 17, the peace bus could not operate due to tense situation on the LoC while on October 24, it was suspended due to some political activity in PoK.

The bus service has helped thousands of families divided due to Partition in 1947 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.

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