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Pak denies entry to 15 PoK citizens back home

In a significant development over the cross-border movement of the relatives traveling to and fro from either side, 15 passengers who were homebound for Pakistan Occupied Kashmir were denied entry by Pakistan authorities at Chakan-Da-Bagh, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2009 12:13 IST
HT Correspondent

In a significant development over the cross-border movement of the relatives traveling to and fro from either side, 15 passengers who were homebound for Pakistan Occupied Kashmir were denied entry by Pakistan authorities at Chakan-Da-Bagh.

The gates at the Zero Line at Chakan-Da-Bagh were not opened by Pakistan authorities for the Poonch-Rawalkote bus service on Monday that was ferrying 15 PoK residents back to Pakistan after their 28 days' stay in Jammu and Kashmir at their relatives' homes.

The bus that left Poonch early Monday morning had to return back as the Pakistan authorities denied it the usual entry, an act probably committed for the fist time since the opening of the Poonch- Rawalkote route.

Though the reason cited was the celebrations of Eid festival, yet the reports emanating about the Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and Army using the route to push in militants through this service is being seen upon as a major factor that might have impelled Pakistan to act like that.the gates to allow 15 PoK citizens to enter their territory on the ground that Eid celebrations were still going on in Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir," official sources disclosed adding no prior information, as required, had been given by Pakistan that the gates would remain closed on Monday..

The stranded passengers were guided by the Poonch authorities to stay put at their relatives' homes for another week before the new schedule could be announced.