After facing suspension for almost two weeks, the ‘Karwan-e-Aman’ bus service, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed its services Monday, officials said. Meanwhile, the PaK national’s held up in Poonch owing to the suspension of bus service staged a protest demanding resumption of the Cross LoC bus service.
Pertinently, the cross LoC travel service and trade was suspended since July 21, when over 60 kg of drugs were recovered from a PaK truck at Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) in Uri.
The Cross LoC trade is likely to resume from Tuesday.
The weekly bus was suspended on July 31st between the two sides after a message was received from Pakistan that there is a holiday in PaK on account of 14th death anniversary of founding president of PaK Sardar Mohammad Ibrahim Khan.
The ‘peace bus’ left Srinagar this morning for Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in Uri sector, official sources said.
All the passengers who were scheduled to travel last week have been accommodated in the bus, they said.
Meanwhile, PaK nationals staged a protest and blocked road as the Poonch-Rawlakot bus service remain suspended for 5th consecutive week.
The PaK residents, who travelled on the Paigam-e-Aman bus service to visit their relatives in the state, have been held up here for the five weeks.
Cross-LoC bus services on the Poonch-Rawalakot road between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) remained suspended for the fifth consecutive week in the wake of border tensions.
A total of 116 PaK residents, who travelled on the Paigam-e-Aman bus service to visit their relatives in the state, have been held up here for the five weeks.
The cross-LoC bus service was suspended on July 10 due to heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side. There has been no firing and shelling by Pakistan troops in the Poonch sector since July 21.
Earlier, last month the travelers also held a protest demonstration in Poonch town demanding the resumption of the cross-LoC bus service between the two sides so that they could return to their homes in PaK. The district administration had then assured them to resumption of the bus service in a week’s time.