Cross LoC Bus Losing Sheen5 August 2011
Srinagar: For the third consecutive week, no Kashmiri crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control while three guests arrived from Pakistan-administered Kashmir here this afternoon through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad peace bus. As many as 68 returnees also crossed sides at the Aman Setu point in Uri sector, official sources told reporters. They said again no Kashmiri crossed over to PaK for the third consecutive week. However, 55 PaK residents, including 15 women and 26 children, who had come here earlier to visit their relatives returned to their homes. Three residents of PaK, including a woman, arrived at Kaman post, the last Indian military post near the LoC after crossing the peace bridge on foot. They said 13 Kashmiris, who had gone to PaK, also returned to their homes after completing stay with their relatives across the LoC. It may be recalled India and Pakistan had recently agreed to further consolidate the confidence building measures across the LoC. The frequency of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Karvan-e-Aman bus is to be increased and the travel extended to religious tourism as well. In spite of these measures, the peace bus seems to be losing its sheen for the natives, sources told Kashmir Observer.