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Srinagar bus to PoK remains suspended
Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar bus to PoK remains suspended

Agency News

Srinagar, June 10: The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), on Monday remained suspended since March 24, official sources said.

The cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus, introduced as one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) by Pakistan and India in 2005, remained suspended since March 4 as the Aman Setu peace bridge was under repair at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC.

The bus has helped thousands of families, divided since 1947 due to partition, to meet each other. It was also decided to allow residents from both sides to travel on "Travel Permits" instead of International passports.

Despite opposition by militants, almost all separatist leaders, barring hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah, travelled in the bus to PoK.

Cross-LoC trade also remained suspended since March 4.Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said after intelligence reports that trade was being used by anti-national elements for violence in Jammu and Kashmir. (UNI)