Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Bus Service Now On Weekly Basis: Mufti
4 August 2005
The Pakistan Tribune
Srinagar: Several Jammu and Kashmir-specific Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan are in the pipeline which includes increasing the frequency of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the puppet Chief Minister of Indian Held Kashmir Thursday said. 'The fortnightly 'Karavaan-e-Aman (Caravan of Peace)' will now be a weekly service, he added. During an informal interaction with media persons here, Mufti Sayeed said the CBMs also include opening of the Poonch-Rawala Kot road, opening of meeting points for divided families along the Line of Control (LoC) and a truck service on the Jhelum Valley road for trade activities. He said about 237 passengers from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have traveled to this side while 172 have gone from here to Muzaffarabad since the launch of the cross-border bus service on April 7 this year. He said the opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Road and the visit across the LoC by Hurriyat and other leaders are significant developments. A list of 76 members of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce has been forwarded for clearance for travel to Muzaffarabad on the invitation of their counterpart in Azad Kashmir, he added. He said another list of 65 Kashmiri Pandits who want to visit the Sharda temple and a list of nine writers have also been forwarded to the authorities for clearance. 'The opening of communication channels between India and Pakistan have made things possible that one could not have dreamt of a couple of years ago,' he added. He called for greater people-to-people contact between the two countries to remove the 'misgivings and misperceptions' about each other. More CBMs would soon be taken to normalise situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.