Despite rising tensions after frequent ceasefire violation across the LoC and after the recovery of heroin from a Pakistan Administered Kashmir truck last week, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Muzaffarabad, capital of PaK and Srinagar, left here this morning for Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector to cross over to other side.
The bus service, a major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between India and Pakistan after 1999 Kargil War, continued despite summer uprising of 2016 and tension on the LoC, due to ceasefire violation.
The cross-LoC bus service which started on April 7, 2005 has helped thousands of families to meet each other after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of state subjects from both sides on travel permits, instead of international passport.
The travel permit is issued to the state subject from both sides of the LoC, only after their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from India and Pakistan. However, only state subjects from both sides can avail the cross-LoC bus facility.