Peace Bus Bubble: Only 7 Cross Sides On LOC14 January 2010
Srinagar: Only two Kashmiris from this side traveled to Pakistan Controlled Kashmir (PcK) while five fresh guests arrived here from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Karvan-e-Aman bus today. Official sources told UNI that two residents of the Kashmir valley, including a woman, travelled to PCK for the first time to meet their relatives across the border. Three residents of PCK, who had arrived here in previous buses also left for their homes after meeting their relatives here. As many as five residents of PCK, including two women, also arrived here after crossing on foot the Aman Setu at Kaman post, the last Indian military post near the LoC. They arrived here for the first time to meet their relatives here, sources said. There was no guest in the last bus from PCK. They said 12 residents of this side, who had crossed over to other side also returned home today in the bus. They included two women and three children. The weekly service was introduced on April 7 in 2005 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off the bus to enable families separated in 1947 to meet each other. However, in 2008 the bus was converted into a weekly service and thousands of members of the seperated families benefited from it. But, only those having relatives on either side of the LoC could avail of this facility. Political parties and social organisations are now demanding that anyone, living on either sides of the LoC be allowed to use the bus service.