In yet another setback to cross-LoC travel, Pakistan has decided to suspend ‘Paigam-e-Aman’ bus service between Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Jammu and Kashmir.

There would be no bus service on Monday.

“Pakistan has suspended the cross-LoC bus service between Chakan-Da-Bagh (J&K) and Rawalakote (PoK) for the time-being,” Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO), Poonch, Abdul Hamid Sheikh, told PTI.

“There would be no cross-LoC bus service on Monday,” the TFO said, adding: “No timeframe was conveyed to us for re-starting the cross-LoC trade and bus service.”

Sheikh said that he contacted Director General, Trade and Travel, PoK, for clarifying the situation on LoC trade and travel and he conveyed that there was firing going on and in this situation, no travel can be carried out till further orders.

Pakistani Army had yesterday refused to open the gates for allowing cross-LoC trade in Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

About 25 J&K trucks carrying goods mostly vegetables for traders in PoK were stranded at the checkpoint.

(This article was published on January 11, 2013)
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