The trans- LoC traders and the divided families of Kashmir while welcoming PDP led coalition government have sought restoration of tele communication ties between Pakistan administered Kashmir and this part of the state.
Ten years after the launch of trans-LoC bus, most of the divided families could not be united. The bus was described as a strong confidence building measure but it failed to achieve the objectives for a host of reasons. People by and large welcomed the CBM but the process of getting a seat in the Karvaan-e-Aman bus was and continuous to be a cumbersome. The bus has not helped the divided families. Unless the process is smoothened, the bus will not serve the desired purpose. The cynicism of the people is not totally unfounded. There have been times when the bus has travelled to Muzaffarabad without having any passenger on board. Very few people have boarded the bus since it was launched. People find it easy to reach Muzaffarabad via Wagah rather than traveling in the bus. The divided families can benefit a lot by restoration of tele-ties across the LoC. While Pakistan administered Kashmir did not snap the ties, the Indian administration seems in no mood to revive the ties that were snapped in the early phases of militancy. Even incoming calls from Pakistan administered Kashmir subject people to inconvenience. The intelligence sleuths call the person to the police station and question him thoroughly. Restoration of tele links can be a powerful CBM, believe the members of the divided families on this side of the state. The snapping of ties also makes no sense in the Internet age when one has the world at his fingertips. The authorities assume that restoration of tele-ties would hamper security of the state. The people who really can pose a threat to the security of state use sophisticated equipment to communicate and the authorities including the intelligence sleuths know it. The phone on the other had is used mostly by people who have no access to Internet and the other modern equipment. Snapping the ties, therefore, makes no sense. The authorities must reconsider the decision and resume the ties as soon as possible. This will be the best CBM so far and can go a long way in uniting the divided families. Communication as they say has reduced the world to a global village and when the communication links are snapped, people cannot come closer.