Published On: Tue, Jan 21st, 2014
Published in Category: International

AJK Authorities Suspend Cross-LoC Bus Service

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SRINAGAR/MUZAFFARABAD: Authorities in Azad Kashmir Monday suspended the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service on Muzaffarabad- Srinagar road to press for the release of a Pakistani driver arrested by Indian authorities in connection with alleged smuggling of narcotics worth Rs 100 crore.

“We were informed by AJK authorities that the Karavan-e-Aman (Peace Caravan) bus service shall remain suspended today. No reasons were assigned,” Regional Passport Officer Firdous Iqbal told PTI.

AJK authorities are seeking release of the driver Mohammad Shafiq and his vehicle from which Indian authorities have allegedly said114 packets of Brown Sugar — valued at Rs 100 crore in international market — were recovered last week.

The IHK authorities have detained 48 trucks and drivers of Pakistani vehicles at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre. DG Trade and Travel authority has directed TFO that till Indian authorities do not give us back our trucks till than we will not allow 29 of their trucks to cross the border.

It is unlikely that cross LoC trade on Muzaffarabad- Srinagar route will commence anytime soon in view of the ongoing row. While the Karavan-e-Aman Bus Service runs on weekly basis, the cross LoC trade is conducted from Tuesday to Friday every week.

The passenger bus service was started in April 2005 while the trade began in October 2008