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Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus service remains suspended

Posted on Jan 27 2014 | IBNS

By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Srinagar, Jan 27 : The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad LoC bus service remained suspended for the second consecutive week after a huge amount of brown sugar was earlier recovered from a Pakistani truck on the Indian side, reports said on Monday.

"The service was suspended again today," sources said.

"This was the second week the bus could not operate because of the drug row," sources added.

Initially, 'Karwan-e-Aman' was suspended on Jan 20 when a PoK bus driver was arrested after 114 packets of brown sugar were recovered from his vehicle at Salamabad in Uri trade centre.

Later, Pakistan closed the gate and refused to take back their drivers who remained stranded in Uri.

A second round of meeting at LoC failed on Monday as both the parties stuck to their official stands on the drug haul issue.

The meeting that lasted for about three hours failed to yield any consensus between the two sides.

"The Pakistani officials demanded the release of truck along with its driver," an official who was present at the meeting said.

"On the other side, Indian officials denied the demand citing the crime involved in the case," the official said.

The next meeting is scheduled for Jan 30.

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