60 PoK residents arrive in Srinagar

SRINAGAR : Altogether 60 residents of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) arrived in Srinagar, while only two Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
Meanwhile, 65 returnees also crossed sides at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in Uri sector.
Official sources here today said 60 PoK residents, including 19 women and 18 children arrived at Kaman post after crossing Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot to meet their relatives, separated in 1947 due to partition. They said five Kashmiris, including a child, who had gone to PoK returned to Srinagar after completing stay there. Meanwhile, only two Kashmiris crossed to the other side of the LoC to meet their relatives, sources said. As many as 60 POK residents, including 19 women and 18 children, who had come to Srinagar previously also returned to their homes, they added.
The bus service has helped thousands of families, separated due to partition to meet each other after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of divided families on permits instead of International passports, to meet each other since the first bus was flagged off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 7, 2005.



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