LoC bus back on track, trade to resume today

After remaining suspended for a week, the cross-LoC bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed on Monday.
LoC bus back on track, trade to resume today
Photo: Tariq Naqash/GK

After remaining suspended for a week, the cross-LoC bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed on Monday.

An official said 127 passengers including 110 residents of Pakistan-administered Kashmir left this afternoon for its capital Muzaffarabad while 57 passengers from PaK arrived on this side.

Sub-divisional magistrate Uri, D Sagar, said resumption of the bus service was decided during a meeting of officials of both sides held at 'Zero Point' on August 3.

The bus service, also known as Karvan-e-Aman, was suspended last week following a communication from Pakistan-administered Kashmir that it cannot operate due to a state holiday on the death anniversary of founding president of PaK.

Meanwhile, the LoC trade on the route is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, an official said.  The trade was suspended two weeks ago following recovery of 66.5 kg of heroin and brown sugar valued at over Rs 300 crore from a truck coming from PaK on July 21, according to officials.  

In Muzaffarbad, Hustle and bustle, peculiar of this confidence building measure in the early days of its launching, was witnessed after a long time on Monday after more than 50 fresh travellers left from Muzaffarabad to J&K and over 100 returned home later in the afternoon. "My whole family is filled with excitement on this much-awaited visit. I am sure we will enjoy to the core," said Khawaja Khalid Mahmood, head of the family, on the occasion.  with PTI inputs

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