At a time when ties between India and Pakistan are strained, the Karvan-e-Aman, a bus service connecting Srinagar to Muzaffarabad, continued on Monday.
The bus hit the Srinagar-Baramulla-Muzaffarabad road despite a militant attack in Baramulla on Sunday evening, in which a BSF constable was killed.
This was the third trip of the bus since the Uri attack, which led to an escalation of tension between the two countries.
While only six passengers from Muzaffarabad travelled to the Valley on Monday, 20 passengers from Srinagar went to Muzaffarabad, in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
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“The bus left Srinagar early in the morning and crossed over normally,” Regional Passport Officer, Srinagar, Firdous Iqbal told The Indian Express. The RPO is the nodal officer for the bus service.
In fact, a day after the Uri attack on September 18, the Karvan-e-Aman was the only vehicle to cross the army’s brigade headquarters in Uri, where 19 soldiers were killed in the terror attack.
The bus service was launched as a confidence building measure between India and Pakistan on April 7, 2005, two years after the ceasefire was announced on the Line of Control. The bus service runs every Monday.
While the bus service has continued despite hostility between the two countries, especially in the wake of Mumbai attacks and the recent Uri attack, the number of passengers taking the bus has come down significantly over the years.
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