Stranded for over a month due to the closure of the Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service, as many as 116 people from Pakistan-administered Kashmir(PaK),  left Poonch for the Kaman crossing point in Baramulla to return to their homes Monday.

Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO), LoC Trade Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer, said the passengers left in several buses through Mughal Road.

Tanveer, who is among several officials accompanying the passengers to ensure their smooth deportation through Kaman post in Uri sector of Baramulla district, told PTI the PaK passengers reached the sports stadium Poonch yesterday and were given government accommodation for the night.

They will return to their native places via ‘Aman Sethu’ (peace bridge) which connects Uri with PaK. Baramulla district administration has been informed and requested for providing logistic sport and other necessary arrangements for crossing of overstaying PaK guests, he said. While the weekly Cross-LoC bus service, named ‘Karvaan- e-Aman,’ continues to ply on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, the facility along Poonch-Rawalakot road remained suspended since July 10 due to “heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side.”

 

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