Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service draws flak

‘4-Hour Journey Takes 15-Hours’

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, July 18: Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service has off late been in the news for wrong reasons: courtesy callous approach of Government of India and Pakistan towards this historical move.
The passengers who traveled from Muzaffarabad to Srinagar on July 15 while talking to Greater Kashmir said: “The journey which usually would be completed in less than 4 hours from Muzaffarabad to Srinagar took them 15 hours as the authorities did not cooperate.”
“We left from Muzaffarabad to Srinagar at around 6 am in the morning on July 15. It took us also almost 15 hours to reach here,” they said.
“It seems that Government of India and Pakistan are not sincere in keeping the bus service alive. They are creating hurdles for families of divided Kashmir,” said a passenger.  One of the passenger said that travel via Wagah border is less complicated than the Muzaffarabad road. “It is clear governments of India and Pakistan don’t want the bus service to flourish. Even though they issue statements of bridging divide between both sides of Kashmir but on ground there is no implementation,” he said.
When contacted Regional Passport officer, Firdous Iqbal said : “Our job is to provide travel permit to passengers and our role ends there.”  Pertinently, Cross-LoC bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad was started in April, 2005 as part of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan to allow the divided families living on either side of LoC to meet each other.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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