Mufti Visits Uri To Inspect Bus Arrangements
13 March 2005
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Sunday visited Uri to review arrangements for the Srinagar-Muzaffarbad bus service that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will launch April 7. Sayeed flew to Uri and then walked to the KDK Bridge on the Line of Control (LoC) that has remained closed to traffic since the early 1950s to observe the progress of repair work. Men and machines are hard at work on the Indian and Pakistani sides. 'This bridge will become a bridge of friendship between India and Pakistan. The state has been a bone of contention between the two countries for over five decades but now it will bring them closer,' Sayeed told reporters. The chief minister complimented the people for their determination to see the barriers between the two countries crumble and achieve a hitherto 'unthinkable thing'. The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service was only a beginning, he said, hoping the two countries would agree to ply buses on other land routes like Kargil-skardu, Suchetgarh-Sialkot and Mendhar-Kotli. 'This will help unite the divided families on either side of the LoC,' Sayeed said, while allaying apprehensions that opening up the land route would result in a spurt in militancy.