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No Karvan-e-Aman bus to PoK due to snow-bound road

Posted on Jan 21, 07:59PM | UNI

The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), was cancelled today due the snow on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road on the other side of the Line of Control (LoC).

The cross border trade was also cancelled last week due to closure of road from Aman Setu bridge on the LoC in Uri sector following heavy snowfall.

Official sources said here that a message was received from Pakistan that the weekly bus, scheduled today, could not operate due to the snow-bound road on the other side.

The passengers, who were scheduled to travel in today's bus will be accommodated in the next bus, the message said.

However, the road from Srinagar to Kaman post, the last Indian military post in Uri sector on this side of the LoC was clear, they said.

The number of guests from PoK decreases during winter.

Last week not a single PoK resident arrived here.

The bus service was cancelled last year on January 16 and 23, 2012 due to snowfall, while on August 20 on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr and October 29 on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, and November 26 due to Muharram.

The bus service has helped thousands of families, divided in 1947, to meet each other since it was started on April 7, 2005 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off the first bus from here despite threat by militants.