While the tension between India and Pakistan looks nowhere close to ceisure, the roads that are connecting them are continously being taken by the Karvan-e-Aman, the bus service running between Srinagar and Muzzafarabad.
As Pakistan continued ceasefire violations for the sixth time post Uri attacks, this bus continued its fixed voyages across the LoC. Despite the Baramulla attack on Monday that resulted in a BSF commando’s life being lost, the bus hit the Srinagar-Baramulla-Muzzafarabad route and this was the third trip since the Uri attack.
In fact, a day after the Uri attack on September 18, the Karvan-e-Aman was the only vehicle to cross the army’s brigade headquarters in Uri.
The bus service that runs every Monday between the two nations was ianugrated 11 years ago on April 7, 2005 as a step towards peace between India and Pak. It was after two years of ceasfre announcement that this step was taken.
On Monday, while 7 Pakistani passengers came to the valley, 20 from Srinagar went to Muzzafarabad in PoK. While the number of passengers has come down considerably after the attack on Indian Army base at Uri on September 18, it still continues to run in hope of leading the two nations towards a destination of peace.