Karwan-e-Aman bus plies as usual


Srinagar, Jan 14: Notwithstanding the mounting tension between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control LoC), Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service also known as Karwan-e-Aman plied normally on Monday.
Police sources said that in view of tension on the LoC, adequate security arrangements were made for smooth running of the bus. “We were monitoring the situation on hourly basis,” a senior police official from Baramulla told Greater Kashmir. “The bus reached Aman Setu in time,” he added.
Officials here said that cross-LoC trade on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road is also continuing without any hurdle. During this week, officials said, goods worth lakhs were exchanged at Uri trade point. The weekly cross-LoC bus service named as ‘Karvan-e-Aman’ (peace caravan) runs every Monday. The bus services and trading points on LoC were started to facilitate free trade and travel among divided families of both sides of Jammu and Kashmir and is considered to be major confidence building exercise between India and Pakistan.
Pertinently, due to the heightened tension, cross-LoC trade has been suspended at Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch.
Meanwhile, Army said that there is total calm at LoC in Uri Sector of Baramulla. “The situation at LoC across the valley is normal,” spokesman of Udhampur-based Northern Command, Lt Col Rajesh Kalia told Greater Kashmir.
The Army official said they have set up a prayer room and a cafeteria at Kaman Pull on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route for the benefit of passengers crossing the LoC. “Kaman Pull symbolizes the yearning for peace and prosperity on both sides of the LoC and the bus service has helped unite numerous families of both sides,” the official said adding that the improvement at Kaman Pull is a symbol of India’s unflinching commitment towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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