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HindustanTimes Sat,02 Aug 2014

Indo-Pak bus service resumes Feb 3

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, January 31, 2014
First Published: 00:44 IST(31/1/2014) | Last Updated: 00:45 IST(31/1/2014)

The Line of Control (LoC) stand-off between India and Pakistan is heading for a resolution. As a first step, the weekly Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, which was suspended for two weeks, will resume on February 3.

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The weekly service was suspended after Pakistan closed the route at the LoC following a seizure of brown sugar worth Rs. 100 crore from a truck coming from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) by Indian authorities in Jammu and Kashmir. The headway has been made after Pakistan softened its stand on the release of the arrested truck driver.

“The stand-off is likely to be resolved soon. As a first step Pakistan is allowing the resumption of travel,” said Shailendra Kumar, divisional commissioner, Kashmir. “Decision regarding the release of stranded Indian drivers is likely to be taken next week.

The good news is that Pakistan is not insisting on release of the driver or the return of seized narcotics,” he added.

PoK authorities have detained 27 trucks and their drivers at Chakoti. 48 drivers from PoK are stranded at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre since the stand-off began while one driver has been arrested.


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