Jammu: As many as 116 PaK residents, stranded here for over a month due to the closure of the Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service, left Poonch for the Kaman crossing point in Baramulla to return to their homes on Monday.
Three J&K residents, stranded in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK), will also return today, Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO), LoC Trade Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer, told PTI.
The PaK passengers left in several buses through Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the country, around 5 am, he said.
Tanveer, who is among several officials accompanying the passengers to ensure their smooth deportation through Kaman post in Uri sector of Baramulla district, said the PaK passengers reached the sports stadium Poonch on Sunday and were given government accommodation for the night.
They will return to their native places via ‘Aman Sethu’ (peace bridge) which connects Uri with PaK.
Baramulla district administration has been informed and requested for providing logistic sport and other necessary arrangements for crossing of overstaying PaK guests, he said.
While the weekly Cross-LoC bus service, named ‘Karvaan- e-Aman,’ continues to ply on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, the facility along Poonch-Rawalakot road remained suspended since July 10 due to heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side.
The early opening of the Kaman crossing suffered a setback on August 8 after fresh firing from Pakistan ended a lull of 19 days and left a soldier dead.