‘Karvan-e-Aman’ leaves to cross over to PoK

Srinagar, Feb 19: The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), left here on Monday morning to cross over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, official sources said.
The weekly bus, with four Kashmiris, left Bemina of Srinagar this morning for Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of CoC in Uri sector, sources said. The bus has since reached Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC), Uri, sources said.
However, they said the number of passengers travelling in the bus will be known only in the afternoon, when more travelers will board it at Uri.
The number of PoK guests will also be known in the evening, when the bus from across the border will reach the Kaman post.
The bus service, one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan, was introduced on April 7, 2005 despite opposition by militant organizations. The bus has helped thousands of families, divided in 1947 due to partition to meet each other.
However, the citizens of both the sides of LoC only are eligible to travel in the cross-LoC bus, provided their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from both sides.