Amid tension, Karwan-e-Aman resumes, 74 passengers cross sides

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Seventeen fresh guests from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) were among 74 persons who cross sides on the Line of Control (LoC), amid tension and chaos due to exchange of heavy firing between India and Pakistan.

The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, resumed after it was cancelled on account of Eid-ul- Fitr and August 15, official sources said.

They said that 17 PaK residents, including four women and as many children arrived at Kaman post, the last Indian military post, on this side of the LoC in Uri sector.

They said 7 Kashmiris, who had gone to PaK also returned to their homes after completing stay in PaK with their relatives, separated in 1947.

Sources said that only three Kashmiris, including a woman, crossed over to PaK to meet their relatives.

However, 47 PaK residents, who had come here in previous buses returned to their homes after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr here with their relatives. They included 18 women and 15 children.

The bus service introduced on April 7, 2005 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off first bus from here has helped thousands of families divided due to partition in 1947 to meet each other.

However, PaK residents and Kashmiris cross sides at a time when there are reports of heavy exchange of firing on LoC between Indian and Pakistani troops.

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