Amid chilly weather, Cross-LoC bus operates

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/8/2019 1:47:05 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 7: Braving chilly weather conditions, a resident from Pakistan Administered Kashmir arrived here on Monday while one Kashmiri resident crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
As many as six returnees also crossed sides at Kaman Post, official sources said on Monday evening.
They said that one resident of PAK arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet his relatives, separated by 1947 partition. Only one Kashmiri resident, who had gone to PAK by a previous bus, also returned here.
Only one Kashmiri crossed over to the other side of the LoC to meet his relatives while five PAK residents, who had arrived here in previous buses, returned home after completing their stay here, they added.
The number of visitors from PAK drops during the winter when temperature goes down in Kashmir. However, it increases during the summer when weather becomes pleasant.
On the contrary, the number of Kashmiris visiting PAK increases during winter and goes down in summer.
The intercross-LoC bus service was one of the major confidence building measures (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan, after both the countries agreed for a ceasefire on LoC and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, in 2003.
The peace bus service has been operating, despite repeated attempts by the militants to sneak into this side from PAK after the higher reaches close due to snowfall for winter months.



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