Srinagar, The Karvan-e-Aman cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus, carrying six passengers, left here on Monday morning to cross over to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), official sources said.
The bus left Bemina, Srinagar with only six POK returnees on board. The weekly bus has since reached Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC), at Uri.
More passengers will board bus before leaving for Kaman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in Uri sector of north Kashmir, the sources said. The exact number of passengers travelling to other side of the LoC will be known in the afternoon.
Similarly, they said, passengers travelling from PoK to here will be known in the evening when the bus reaches Kaman post.
The bus, plying between Srinagar-Muzaffarabad, capital of POK, since April 7, 2005 has helped thousands of families divided in 1947 due to partition to meet each other. Before the introduction of the bus, people from both sides on the LoC had to travel to Wagah or New Delhi to visit PoK.
However, to facilitate easy travel of divided families, India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of divided families through Uri on Travel Permits instead of International passport, provided, their names are cleared by intelligence agencies of both the countries.
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