As many as 12 guests from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here, while 10 Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
As many as 28 returnees also crossed sides at the Kaman Post, in Uri sector, official sources told UNI on Monday afternoon.
They said 12 residents of PoK, including five women and two children, arrived at Kaman Post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition.
As many as 19 Kashmiris, including six women, who had gone to PoK in previous buses, also returned after completing their stay there.
They said 10 Kashmiris, including three women, crossed over to the other side of LoC in the weekly bus. "Nine PoK residents, who had arrived in previous buses to meet their relatives, returned to their home after completing their stay here," they added.
The inter cross-LoC bus service was one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) taken by India and Pakistan after both the countries agreed for a ceasefire on LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2003.
The peace bus service has been operating despite repeated attempts being made by militants to sneak into this side from PoK before the higher reaches close due to snowfall for winter months. The bus has since helped thousands of divided families to meet each other. However, only state subjects from both the sides, are eligible to travel in the bus after their names are cleared by intelligence agencies from both sides.
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