Srinagar: On Monday, Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (Pak) left to cross over to another side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, official sources said.
The bus left Bemina in Srinagar for Kaman Post, the last Indian military post on this side on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector. The bus was carrying 85 passengers, including two fresh and 83 returnees.
The number of returnees and PaK guests will also be known in the evening, they said.
The bus service is part of a Confidence Building Measure (CBM)between India and Pakistan after 1999 Kargil War. The bus service stayed stable despite tensions across LoC due to ceasefire violation and 2016 summer uprising. It started on April 7, 2005, extending help to thousands of families for meeting each other after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of state subjects from both sides on travel permits.
After their names are cleared by the intelligence agencies from India and Pakistan, the travel permit is issued to the state subject from both sides of the LoC. Only state subjects are allowed to avail the facility.