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Cross-LoC bus service resumes after two week's suspension in J-K's Poonch

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

As many as 19 passengers, including eight women, exchanged sides as the weekly cross-LoC bus service resumed on Monday after remaining suspended for the past two weeks owing to heavy shelling along the (LoC) in district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Thirteen occupied (PoK) residents, including six women, returned to their homes after spending time with their relatives on this side after reaching Chakan-da-Bagh crossing point by the weekly bus, they said.

Similarly, the officials said, five Indian residents, including two women, walked into this side along with a PoK resident who has come to meet his relatives in district.

The bus service, popularly known as 'Paigam-e-Aman' (message of peace), plies on Monday every week.

Billed as the biggest confidence building measure, the bus service was started on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route in in April 2005 and the Poonch-Rawalakot route in the Jammu region on June 20, 2006, to facilitate travel between the divided families living on either side of the LoC.

The cross-LoC trade between the two sides, which works on barter system, started in October 2008.

However, the trade, which takes place four days a week from Tuesday to Friday, also could not take place during the past fortnight in view of the tension along the borders.

Three persons, including a and a five-year-old girl, were killed and 24 others injured in Pakistani shelling in the forward villages of on April 1, forcing the suspension of the bus service and the trade between the two sides.

However, the cross-LoC trade and travel mostly remained unaffected despite spurt in the skirmishes along the LoC following India's preemptive air strike on a terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack on a convoy which left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 21:35 IST