February 2005 News

Documentation Procedure For Bus Passengers Being Worked Out

23 February 2005

Islamabad: Pakistan today said the documentation to be followed by passengers of the proposed Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service between both sides of Kashmir was being evolved with mutual consultations, noting the procedures should not be too intrusive and discouraging. Responding to questions on the Kashmir bus service, Pakistan Foreign Affairs Spokesman Masood Khan said the procedure on the documentation to be followed by passengers was currently being evolved with mutual consultations. 'All other modalities are also being worked,' he told reporters here. He also said there were apprehensions that lengthy procedures would make the travel cumbersome and time consuming. 'Procedures should not be too intrusive and discourage people from applying,' he said. Asked when Pakistan would begin de-mining to route for the bus service which was to start from April 7, he said the de-mining will be done in due course and necessary preparations are being made. Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office denied reports that Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri currently in Japan supported Japan's bid to get the permanent seat in UN security Council and opposed India's attempts to get the same. The statement said that Kasuri highlighted the importance of evolving an objective criteria and building a consensus on the issue of expansion of Security Council.


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