116 PaK residents stranded in Poonch sent back via Uri

Srinagar

116 stranded residents of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) were sent back home as the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed on Monday.

The LoC bus service also known as Karvan-e-Aman (peace bus) resumed after remaining suspended since August 14.

As per the schedule, the weekly bus left Srinagar Monday morning for the Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in the border town of Uri in Baramulla district.

The bus carried 50 passengers, including 42 PaK residents and eight residents of Kashmir, who crossed the Kaman post, Uri Sub-District Magistrate Sagar Doifode said.

Doifode said the 116 residents of PaK, who were stranded in Jammu for the past over a month after the Poonch-Rawalkote bus service was suspended due to heavy shelling from Pakistani troops along the LoC, were also sent back to their home through Uri.

He said the PaK residents in Poonch left for the Kaman post early in morning through historic Mughal Road, connecting Shopian with Rajouri and Poonch in the Jammu region.

Officials said three residents of this side who were stranded in PaK have also returned home.

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