Srinagar, Jul 29: The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), apart from the trade across the Line of Control (LoC), remained suspended since March 24, official sources said.
Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) continued raids on people associated with the cross-LoC trade, after allegations that it was being used for terror funding.
Though no reason was given for continued suspension of bus and trade, it is said that due to strained relations between India and Pakistan after the February 14 fidayeen attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) at Awantipora on Srinagar-Jammu national highway that left 44 CRPF personnel dead and several others injured, the cross bus and trade could not be resumed.
Initially, it was informed that Karvan-e-Aman bus was suspended on March 24, as Aman Setu peace bridge was under repair from PoK side at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC.
The bus, one of the major Confidence Building Measures (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan to allow divided families to meet each other, was first operated on April 7, 2005, despite opposition by militants. (UNI)