Teetwal LoC crossing point reopens after 3 months

Teetwal LoC crossing point reopens after 3 months

One person crosses to PaK

Despite border skirmishes between India and Pakistan at Line of Control (LoC) and 118 days of consecutive shutdown across Kashmir, Teetwal crossing was reopened after three- months on Thursday, in north Kashmir’s frontier district of Kupwara.

Only one passenger crossed Line of Control (LoC) through Teetwal crossing point, which was reopened today after three months, an official said.

However, due to the prevailing situation in Kashmir and border skirmishes, it remained closed for three months.

"Teetwal crossing is usually opened twice in a month from April to November during which dozens of passengers from both the sides crossed the LoC to meet their relatives," a local resident of the area said. 

Reports also said that this time no person from Muzaffarabad crossed this side. "Ghulam Mohidin Mir of Literwon, Kupwara crossed to the other side by foot, while as, no one from other side came to this side," he said.

Usually a huge gathering of people from both the side of LoC have been witnessed on these occasion to welcome or bid adieu to the guests by hugging and other gestures’, but this time no such gathering was witnessed, locals said.

"We appeal government not to close the crossing this winter and keep it open for round the year," they said, adding, people couldn’t cross the LoC in last three months due to prevailing situation in Kashmir as passengers didn’t receive travel and necessary documents from the concerned authorities.

This is the unique crossing point on LoC where people cross the bridge built on Kishan Ganga river on foot to reach other side of Kashmir. 

(WITH INPUTS FROM PEERZADA SAYEED)