Srinagar, Feb 25 : The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended for last week due to tensed situation in view of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeen attack in Pulwama on February 14 that left 44 CRPF personnel killed.
The weekly bus could not operate on February, official sources said. However, it was agreed to ply the bus today, they added. The bus left Bemina, Srinagar, this morning for Kaman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) at Uri, in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, said.
The cross-LoC bus has since reached Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Uri where more passengers will board it before leaving for Kaman post, they added, saying that the exact number of passengers crossing over to other side will be known in the afternoon. Similarly, POK residents travelling to this side to meet their relatives, separated in 1947, will also be known in the evening, they said.
The bus, introduced on April 7, 2005 has helped thousands of divided families to meet each other after 1947. However, only state subjects from both sides of the LoC are eligible to travel in the bus on “ Travel Permits” instead of International Passport only after their names are cleared by intelligence agencies of Pakistan and India.
Despite opposition by militant organisations, all separatist leaders, barring chairman Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah, travelled in the bus. (UNI)