No Karvan-e-Aman bus to PoK today

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Newspoint Bureau

Srinagar, December 12

The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) has been cancelled today due to Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, birthday of Prophet Muhammad today.

There was no cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus today, when people on both sides of the border are celebrating Eid-e-Milad, official sources said.

He said those who were scheduled to travel in the bus today have been informed after India and Pakistan agreed  to cancel the bus today.

However, 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 seperated 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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